- Title: Mbappe not ready for 90 minutes in Champions League, says Tuchel
- Date: 21st October 2019
- Summary: BRUGES, BELGIUM (OCTOBER 21, 2019) (REUTERS) PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN PLAYERS RUNNING FORWARD KYLIAN MBAPPE RUNNING WITH BALL PLAYERS WARMING UP WITH BALL COACH OF PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN, THOMAS TUCHEL, ARRIVING AT NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (French) THOMAS TUCHEL, COACH OF PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN, SAYING: "I don't have any doubts, but I think it would be too much for Kylian (Mbappe) to play 90 minutes. So we will have to find a solution and decide if he will play at the start or the end of the game. The same is true for Eddy (Edinson Cavani). All the others can play 90 minutes." MBAPPE LISTENING TO TUCHEL TUCHEL SPEAKING TO PLAYERS WINGER ANGEL DI MARIA (LEFT) LISTENING TO TUCHEL MBAPPE PASSING BACK A BALL AND THEN A SMALL PIECE OF CHEWING GUM TUCHEL GIVING NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (French) THOMAS TUCHEL, COACH OF PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN, SAYING: "For me playing Champions League games away from home are the most difficult challenges in Europe. That is why we show a lot of respect (to Bruges). Because for me Bruges is a team with a lot of energy. They have a very courageous way of playing and that is why I expect a very physical match, I expect the team to attack very high." TUCHEL WATCHING PLAYERS PLAYERS PASSING GOALKEEPER KEYLOR NAVAS PASSING BALL CENTRE BACK THIAGO SILVA PASSING BALL DI MARIA PASSING BALL RIGHT BACK THOMAS MEUNIER ARRIVING AT NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (French) PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN PLAYER THOMAS MEUNIER, SAYING: "I feel that I can be useful for Angel (Di Maria) by doing work for him, not by holding the ball. For example, I will compensate when he tries to make the difference, when he tries individual actions. Angel is an instinctive player, who can create enormous surprises when he has the ball at his feet. The goal against Nice for example was amazing. Nobody apart from him can do that, he is a genius. And that is when we, the midfielders do some extra work, by doing more recovery and with tactical movements, in order to compensate for the liberty that the staff and the coach give to Angel to make the difference." NAVAS PLAYING THIAGO RUNNING PLAYERS RUNNING AND PASSING BALLS KNOKKE-HEIST, BELGIUM (OCTOBER 21, 2019) (REUTERS) CLUB BRUGGE PLAYERS AT TRAINING MIDFIELDER HANS VANAKEN PASSING TO TEAM PLAYER CENTRE-BACK SIMON DELI PLAYING VANAKEN PASSING GOALKEEPER SIMON MIGNOLET CATCHING BALLS CLUB BRUGGE COACH PHILIPPE CLEMENT AND PLAYER CLINTON MATA ARRIVING AT NEWS CONFERENCE
- Embargoed: 4th November 2019 19:54
- Keywords: Champions League Brugges PSG Paris Saint-Germain Thomas Tuchel
- Location: BRUGES AND KNOKKE-HEIST, BELGIUM
- City: BRUGES AND KNOKKE-HEIST, BELGIUM
- Country: Belgium
- Topics: Soccer,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA001B21IW5B
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Kylian Mbappe will either start or come on as an impact player for Paris St. Germain but he will not play the full 90 minutes in Tuesday's Champions League match against Club Brugge, coach Thomas Tuchel said on Monday (October 21).
The 20-year-old World Cup winner has been involved in limited action this season because of a thigh injury and his return to full fitness is still being monitored by the club.
PSG's 32-year-old Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani, also not at full match fitness, has battled with a hip problem this season and has played sparingly.
PSG will still be without Neymar, who was injured while playing for Brazil in Singapore last week, while Julian Draxler and former Everton midfielder Idrissa Gana Gueye are also out for the Group A game in Belgium.
PSG could take a giant step towards qualification with an away victory to keep up their 100 percent run in Group A.
Before the campaign started, Brugge would have been seen as the whipping boys of the group but are second in the standings, ahead of Real Madrid and Galatasaray.
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