Paris Saint-Germain head coach Thomas Tuchel

Tuchel praises Rashford ahead of United v PSG

Tuesday 01 December 2020 18:43

Paris Saint-Germain head coach Thomas Tuchel has praised the ‘amazing’ Marcus Rashford, ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash between Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.

Rashford has, of course, scored the winning goal late on in our last two encounters with the French champions.

Tuchel joked that he wanted to see less of this ‘annoying’ habit from our no.10, but had to give credit to the 23-year-old for his talent on the pitch and continued good work off it.

“We value him very much when he plays in England and not Parc des Princes, honestly, because [him scoring against us] gets a little bit annoying,” he told reporters, from Old Trafford.

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“The guy is a very young adult who takes his responsibility on and off the pitch very impressively. I have met him as an opponent three times and every time I’ve met a calm and humble guy and a nice person, which is amazing. I like this mixture a lot.

“For me personally, the sporting side is clear – he’s a big threat with his speed, with his ability to score, with his determination and his finishing. He’s very precise, taking shots inside and outside of the box. He is super rapid on counter-attacks and strong in the air with headers.

“He’s had a big impact and it’s nice to see guys like him from the Academy having such a big impact in a big, big club like United.”

The Parisians are second in Group H, but require a win over the Reds to ensure that progress to the knockout rounds remains in their own hands when they head into the final matchday next week.

Tuchel is under no illusions as to the task facing last season’s Champions League finalists and says his team will need to be close to their peak to get the job done.

“It’s a bit like the game against Leipzig: it’s a final, as it were,” he added, referring to PSG's 1-0 home win over the German club last week.

“A final against RB Leipzig, a final here against Manchester United at Old Trafford as well. It’s a game we need to win to qualify from the group.

“We’re not here to make excuses. It’s up to us to show the very best we can possibly show and to win.

“It’s a huge challenge to win at Old Trafford against Manchester United. They have a really strong team, we know that.”