The German coach cites the end of the match against the Bergamo club as the most beautiful moment of the year.
Dortmund, the “Final 8”, Old Trafford … If they are currently in the hard, with an avalanche of injuries and still a real “puzzle” to find a coherent eleven Wednesday (9 p.m.), against Strasbourg, the Parisians have lived beautiful and great moments in 2020, during this year made special by the coronavirus pandemic, that of the 50 years of the club of the capital. If he had to retain only one, Thomas Tuchel does not hesitate a moment: “The last three minutes against Atalanta, without a doubt”, he smiled at the microphone of PSG TV this Tuesday, just before the traditional match-eve press conference. No need to say more, to explain, to argue, the choice seems so obvious to him.
And it is true that the PSG was full of strong emotions during this match against Bergamo, in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, on August 12. Long led to the score, after the goal of Mario Pasalic (27th), Neymar Jr and company raised the tone after the entry into play of Kylian Mbappé, hit in the ankle a few weeks before and unable to start the meeting. Note that the Argentinian leader of the Dea, Papu Gomez, left at the same time. Still, the champions of France pushed, pushed and pushed again in the last half hour. Until the Italian team cracked, with this equalizing goal from Marquinhos in the 90th, the Brazilian defender taking up a missed shot from Neymar. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting was involved in this action, with the penultimate pass for “Ney”. And it was he who put the lid on by masquerading in the 93rd minute, on a service from Mbappé. 2-1 victory and ticket in pocket for the semi-finals, against Leipzig.
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The worst moment? The question was not put to Tuchel, but we can imagine that he would have cited the defeat against Bayern Munich in the final (0-1), or perhaps those against OM (0-1) in the League 1, facing Man. United in C1 (1-3). Unless he thought of the avalanche of injuries …
The time for assessments will wait
For the rest, the German coach was not prepared to take stock of the year which ends in a press conference, before this last match in 2020 on behalf of the 17th day. “I do not like to take stock before the last game, he swears in front of the media, by interposed screens. It’s always like that. And between the coronavirus, the Champions League, injuries, it’s almost impossible … In any case, there are a lot of things to think about. We will take the time to analyze this year and this first part of the season. Once we have thought about it, we can take stock. We need a little time. There, we are still dealing with different situations, complicated situations. We are 100% in tomorrow’s game. We can talk about it in January. ” Remember that Paris will resume in Saint-Etienne on January 6, before the Champions Trophy against OM in Lens, on the 13. For Barcelona, it will be necessary to wait until February 16 at Camp Nou on the first leg.