PSG boss Thomas Tuchel calm ahead of Strasbourg visit even without Cavani and Neymar

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Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel insists his side are calm despite a string of injured players as they prepare to face Strasbourg at the Parc des Princes.

PSG are Ligue 1’s runaway leaders, with a 20-point lead over nearest rivals Lille and could lift the title on Sunday if they record a 10th successive league win and Lille fail to win at Reims.

“We must not think too much,” Tuchel told a press conference reported by psg.fr.

“We must concentrate on the match. I think that Lille can win, they play with lots of confidence and quality.

“We must focus on ourselves, without thinking about the possible consequences of the match.”

As PSG bid for their second successive Ligue 1 title, they will be without a number of key players including Neymar, Edinson Cavani, Moussa Diaby, Marquinhos and Angel Di Maria, while Thomas Meunier will be assessed on Saturday after training.

PSG are without a host of stars, including Edinson Cavani and Neymar.

PSG are without a host of stars, including Edinson Cavani and Neymar.

Tuchel added strike duo Neymar and Cavani had returned to individual training while Di Maria was not 100 per cent ahead of the game.

The German manager added: “Our responsibility will be to win, even if it is difficult to build a team with so many injured players, since we cannot take risks with them. But we are calm.”

Strasbourg are currently in ninth place, seven points off Saint-Etienne in the European qualifying places, but have won only one of their last five matches.

After winning the Coupe de la Ligue final against Guingamp, Strasbourg recorded their first league win since January 26, a convincing 4-0 win over Reims.

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Paris Saint-Germain moved a step closer to claiming another Ligue 1 title after Kylian Mbappe‘s brilliant second-half goal helped deliver a 1-0 win at Toulouse.

Despite missing several of their regulars, Thomas Tuchel’s team came through what was at times a testing encounter at Stadium TFC with an eighth straight league victory.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting had sent an early effort over from close range before Marquinhos saw a goal ruled out by the VAR for offside.

Mbappe, however, produced the game’s moment of quality in the 74th minute when he took down a cross from the right to drill a low shot back into the bottom corner.

Toulouse boss Alain Casanova hailed the “extra-terrestrial” talents of Mbappe after the France forward’s brilliant second-half goal.

“It is an extra-terrestrial who makes them win the match, but we managed to cause them problems. (PSG goalkeeper Alphonse) Areola made two miraculous stops,” Casanova told reporters.

“We have to get over the disappointment of missing such a big opportunity.”

It would appear only a matter of time before PSG secure another title, which could come as soon as next weekend with another win over Strasbourg at the Parc des Princes should second-placed Lille fail to beat Reims.

Tuchel, though, wants to take things one step at a time, with little time to recover ahead of the midweek French Cup tie against Nantes.

“After the international break, matches are never easy. There are many matches, trips… the players come back tired. We felt it this week in training,” Tuchel said at a press conference.

“This match is a big obstacle that we overcame with mentality and personality. We played and never let go. It’s good. We stayed calm and confident, which was necessary to win this game.”

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Jose Mourinho says Kylian Mbappe is more valuable than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi

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Jose Mourinho believes that Kylian Mbappe is more valuable than both Juventus and Barcelona stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

While fans and pundits alike like to discuss how the Paris Saint-Germain player could shape into the best player in the world in five-10 years, the ex-Manchester United boss wants to focus on how Mbappe is already up there among the best.

Mourinho believes that, given the player’s age, he would be the most expensive player in a hypothetical transfer.

“For a player like Mbappe, when you speak about the future, you don’t need to say what he’s going to be like in five years’ time, in 10 years’ time,” Mourinho told beIN Sports.

“Just focus on now. He’s absolutely incredible.

“I think going by his age and [and considering] the age of Cristiano, of Messi, [both] over 30, Neymar is 27… when you go to the market level and age is also a factor, I think he’s the most valuable player in the world.

“In a hypothetical transfer, he’s the most expensive player in football now. In terms of his qualities, [he is] unbelievable. One word is enough. It means everything.”

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