Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel welcomed Kylian Mbappe’s return to action and believes the France international should have marked his comeback against Bordeaux with a hat-trick.
Mbappe had been sidelined for over a month with a hamstring injury but was back for Saturday’s trip to the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, where he helped his side claim a 1-0 win.
Even though he did not enter the fray until the 60th minute, the 20-year-old made a major impact and, as well as helping to set up Neymar for the game’s only goal, had several opportunities of his own.
Tuchel said of Mbappe’s return on his club’s website: “He should have scored two or three goals. He had a lot of chances, and made the difference for Neymar’s goal. It’s positive, as we are lacking forwards.”
PSG’s win saw them get their title defence back on track after Wednesday’s shock 2-0 home defeat to Reims.
Neymar’s deciding goal came 20 minutes from time when Mbappe raced forward before finding the Brazil superstar, who tapped the ball into the bottom left-hand corner.
Tuchel was delighted with his side’s overall performance but felt the victory should have been far more comfortable than it was.
He added: “We played well at the end of the game, but forgot to score. We created a lot of chances, but the match was close to the end.
“It’s the only negative point, because I’m really very happy with our performance. The team’s display was really excellent, with and without the ball. It was a great performance.”
Mbappe was also pleased to be back on the pitch and is hoping for another away win when PSG go to Galatasaray in the Champions League on Tuesday.
He said: “(My absence) was long, difficult too. When the team loses, you want to come back as soon as possible, but you can’t be hasty. It wasn’t easy, but it’s over.”
He added of the upcoming trip to Turkey: “I’ve worked to experience that kind of game. We’ll have to be at our best there and come back with the three points.”
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Paris Saint-Germain defender Thomas Meunier and head coach Thomas Tuchel looked ahead to their side’s French Ligue 1 match with Stade Reims, which takes place at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday.
Neymar scored an 87th-minute winner to give PSG a 1-0 win at Lyon last time out – it marked a fourth straight league victory for Tuchel’s side, who sit top on 15 points after six games, three ahead of Angers and Nice.
The Brazil international was targeted by objects thrown from the stands – seemingly paper rolled into balls – whenever he took a corner kick in the second-half.
Neymar had been booed by his own fans during the league match with Strasbourg on 14th September, having been heavily linked with a return to Barcelona during the transfer window, and Meunier said that course of action “isn’t the solution”.
Watch Meunier share his thoughts above.
Paris Saint-Germain new-signing Mauro Icardi admitted that he made the move in pursuit of silverware.
The former Inter Milan striker fell out with the board and was roped in on a loan deal by the French champions. He was disappointed at not winning titles with the Italian side and is excited at the prospect of fulfilling his dream with PSG.
The Argentine is motivated to make his loan move permanent by impressing in the squad full of champions.
“I came here to play,” Icardi told Canal+. “If you arrive with an option to buy, you know the player has to give his best to ensure the club decides to purchase him outright. We’ll see what happens next summer.
“I was in my seventh year at Inter and my dream was to play in the Champions League with Inter, which I did last season, but we never won anything.
“I thought the time had come for me to go to a winning club, one that could challenge for and win titles. It’s time for me to start winning.
“The truth is that PSG is a squad full of champions and that is what I wanted.
“People call me a ‘killer’ in the penalty area. I am always ready in the box to score goals. Ever since my debut when very young for Rosario, my objective and obsession has always been to score goals.”