Speaking to reporters earlier today, PSG boss Thomas Tuchel up-played the challenge of a clash with Manchester United.
“I am neither satisfied nor not satisfied. We are in the Round of 16. There are 16 teams with a lot of qualities. This is a very difficult competition. That’s why I am not happy nor unhappy. It is always difficult. To play against Manchester United, they have a lot of experience in this competition. They have won the Champions’ League many times. It is always super difficult to play at Old Trafford. It is a big task, a big challenge for us. If I was a neutral, I would watch this game on TV, that’s for sure!”
“I don’t think (that we are favourites). Because as I said, at PSG, we lack experience of playing in the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final in this competition. We have to respect teams with a lot of experience. Manchester United are one of them. We need to accept that. If you play tennis and you want to win a Grand Slam, it is normal to have played in quarter-finals, semi-finals before. Sometimes you win the thing with your first try, but those are exceptions. We are capable of winning, I have confidence in my team, it is a big challenge.”
“It is the same thing (with José Mourinho), he has a lot of experience in this competition. We have to show respect but we are confident in our ability. I am convinced that we can beat them.”