Thomas Tuchel insists Neymar and Kylian Mbappe drive each other forwards

    Paris-Saint Germain boss Thomas Tuchel insists Neymar and Kylian Mbappe motivate each other following another PSG’s Ligue 1 success

    The reigning holders swept Amiens aside with a commanding 4-1 win at the Parc des Princes on Saturday night to complete the first half of the season with a bang.

    Mbappe updated the scoreboard twice while Neymar added another one for PSG before Mauro Icardi sealed the triumph to put his side seven points clear of second-placed Marseille.

    The Frenchman and the Brazilian have both been flourishing for the Parisians this term, gobbling 26 goals and 15 assists in all competitions altogether.

    Last night’s brace saw Mbappe taking his tally to 11 Ligue 1 goals this term, with Neymar following with nine despite the injury-hit start to the season.

    When asked if his superstar duo could play together, Thomas Tuchel replied: “What does that mean, better? They play very well together. They’ve regained confidence and fitness, that’s the most important thing.”

    “They defend with a lot of intensity. They’re dangerous together because they like to play together. They’re very close together on the field, and we want to play like that.

    “We want to have ten accomplices on the field. What’s better? Maybe to keep it that way. I don’t know. We need to have the same spirit and the same style, the same hunger to win, to score, to work together when we start the second part of the season.

    “That’s the challenge of doing that every game, being on the field and working together. It gives satisfaction after the game, and our fans can feel that. It’s also going to give a lot of energy.”

    Speaking of Neymar’s partnership with Mbappe, Tuchel said: “Neymar, after 88 minutes, he defends 20 yards from our goal and closes spaces. He ran a lot defensively, it’s really amazing. He’s in a good phase.

    “Neymar motivates Mbappe, and Mbappe motivates Neymar, that’s good. With everybody else, we play like a team. The challenge is to keep that spirit and that way of playing,” the German concluded, as per Goal.com.

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