Watch: PSG coach Thomas Tuchel says Doctor Solskjaer has made Man United better

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Thomas Tuchel

Paris Saint-Germain head coach Thomas Tuchel likened Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to a doctor ahead of their Champions League last 16 first-leg tie at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Solskjaer has won 10 of his 11 games since taking over from the sacked Jose Mourinho in December, and Tuchel admits the turnaround in form has been ‘impressive’.

“Obviously there is an effect. We have a (saying) in Germany if you go to the doctor and if he heals you, he’s right,” said the PSG manager.

“How he does it is we don’t care. The pain goes away.”










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PSG hit out at 'pseudo poll' blaming Neymar for injuries

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Neymar's showboating nature has been cited as a reason for his injuries.

Paris Saint-Germain have hit out at a poll conducted by a French radio station which they claimed was attempting to portray star player Neymar negatively.

Radio station RTL determined that 84% of the French population believes the Brazilian ‘practices a dangerous game for himself’ – a reference to Neymar’s tendency to show off his repertoire of tricks and skills during games, which can rub defenders the wrong way.

The PSG star picked up an injury which will keep him out for ten weeks – ruling him out of the Ligue 1 leaders’ Champions League round of 16 tie against Manchester United – after being fouled three times in quick succession against Strasbourg earlier this month, a sequence that came in response to perceived showboating from Neymar.

However, the club took issue with the survey, calling it a “pseudo-poll”.

“First, we have a huge doubt about the reliability of this survey,” the club said in a statement.

“By even giving, for the simple exercise, an ounce of credit to these figures, should we laugh or cry when reading such a result?

“We say stop to these pseudo-polls which will have no other effect than to move away from our championship the greatest geniuses of this football which is our shared passion.”

PSG later posted a video of Neymar’s best tricks to their website, urging their star “not to change anything”.

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Key Leandro Paredes stat shows why Paris Saint-Germain paid €40million for him

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Leandro Paredes should solve a midfield crisis at PSG.

Before this month, few people were linking Leandro Paredes with a move to one of Europe’s biggest clubs. The Zenit St Petersburg midfielder was performing excellently for his Russian Premier League side, but a step up seemed far away.

Then the transfer window opened, and the Argentine quickly became one of the most coveted midfield prospects on the continent. Chelsea were linked with a move as they looked to sort out their issues in the middle of the park with Jorginho and N’Golo Kante struggling to fit alongside each other.

There was also speculation of a move to Manchester United, whose previous signing of a midfield distributor wasn’t going well, with Fred so far failing to settle at the club.

Paredes caught the eye elsewhere, and as soon as Paris Saint-Germain lost out on Ajax starlet Frenkie de Jong, they turned their attentions to the Zenit man, landing the 24-year-old’s signature for €40million.

So what exactly are the Ligue 1 and leaders getting? Paredes should slot straight into the Parisians’ midfield, where Julian Draxler and Marquinhos have been deputising for Marco Verratti, who is struggling with injuries this season, and Adrien Rabiot, banished from the first team due to an ongoing contract dispute that looks unlikely to be resolved and result in his departure.

But now that Paredes has arrived, one of Draxler, an attacking midfielder, and Marquinhos, a centre-back should be returned to their more natural position. Meanwhile, the new signing will hope to start showing off his passing range immediately.

One key stat shows exactly why PSG targeted the Argentine. Paredes played more successful long balls than any other player in the Russian Premier League this season, underlining his quality as a distributor.

The rest of Ligue 1 – and United, who play PSG in the Champions League next month – have been warned.

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