Tuchel believes PSG can win without Neymar

    Paris Saint-Germain suffered their first Ligue 1 defeat this campaign, losing 2-1 to Lyon at the Groupama Stadium on Sunday evening

    Not only Les Gones managed to retaliate after a 5-0 hammering in the first half of the season, but they utterly outplayed the Ligue 1 leaders.

    Astonishing performance from Alphonse Areola was the only reason the reigning holders lost by a narrow one-goal margin. The 25-year-old goalkeeper made a few outstanding saves to deny the rampant hosts.

    Although Thomas Tuchel had almost his entire squad available, the absence of Neymar heavily damaged PSG’s display in the final third.

    In addition to the former Barcelona star, Marco Verratti also had to skip the meeting due to injury, leaving Tuchel’s team uncovered in the center of the park.

    After the game, the Parisians boss has stated his team can cope without the Italian midfielder and the Brazilian wizard.

    “I do not know if we missed them, but it’s clear that we do not have a second Neymar or a second Verratti, but I have full confidence in the other players,” he said.

    “There were a lot of chances on the line with Angel and Draxler who made a very good match.

    “We were too passive after our first goal, we lacked precision, we made bad decisions. Lyon played with a lot of quality, but I liked our second period.”


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