The Parisians boss is contemplating his side’s late defeat to the Red Devils in their European opener
Paris Saint Germain head coach Thomas Tuchel described Tuesday 2-1 defeat against Manchester United in one of the club’s worst matches with the German player especially poorly in the first half Champions League the opener.
PSG succumbed to a Marcus Rashford goal with three minutes remaining in Paris, where last season’s Champions League runners-up made a losing start in Group H.
League 1 holders PSG without Marquinhos and Marco Verratti and United took advantage – Bruno Fernandes converted a penalty in the 23rd minute, although Red Devils forward Anthony Martial scored an own goal 10 minutes into the second half.
But United left the French capital with maximum points thanks to Rashford’s late goal, condemning PSG to a first home defeat in the Champions League group stage in 25 games.
“In the first half, we were not on the pitch,” said Tuchel beIN SPORTS. “That’s not our level.
“I don’t know why, but I can say that it’s not our level, in moving the ball, in possession, on the counter, in challenges, in intensity.
“So far, one of our worst matches, one of our worst first halves.”
“The good news is it couldn’t be worse. Okay, we lost 1-0, it was easy to do better in the second half and we have to move on, that’s clear,” added Tuchel after star striker Neymar failed. to score in four consecutive Champions League appearances for the first time since November 2013.
“We tried to make some tactical changes because of Idrissa Gueye’s injury, we tried to bring in one more person who was offensive, which is a risk we paid for in the end as well. It was like today.
“From start to finish it felt like we were never at our highest level, and we didn’t really go into the match as absolutely necessary at this level.”
When asked about the atmosphere behind closed doors, Tuchel said: “I don’t feel it. We have played how many games in the Champions League now without supporters? I don’t feel it, sorry.”
PSG, however, have a chance to respond when they travel to Istanbul’s Group H opponents Basaksehir next week after hosting. Dijon in Ligue 1 on Saturday.
But Tuchel said: “We have a lot of injured players, a lot of quality missing and for that I’m not sure if this is good, no.”