Watch: PSG boss Thomas Tuchel talks about Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting's horrific miss

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Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting's horror miss

Strasbourg spoiled Paris Saint-Germain’s title party with a 2-2 draw at the Parc des Princes.

Victory for the reigning champions would have seen them retain their Ligue 1 crown on Sunday night, after second-placed Lille’ 1-1 draw at Reims earlier in the day.

Despite a host of injury problems and the absence from the starting line up of Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe, who was named as a substitute, it looked a formality when Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scored after 13 minutes to put PSG ahead.

However, Strasbourg arrived in the French capital on a high after winning the Coupe de la Ligue final last weekend and following it up with a 4-0 midweek success against Reims, and the visitors rallied.


Thierry Laurey’s team turned the game on its head before half-time with goals from Nuno Da Costa and Anthony Goncalves.








PSG should have regained the lead immediately after the visitor’s equaliser, but an astonishing miss by Choupo-Moting meant it stayed level. Christopher Nkunku lifted his shot over the advancing goalkeeper and the ball was set to trickle into the net, only for Choupo-Moting to follow it in and stop the ball on the goal line in an attempt to get the final touch and his second goal of the game.





Thilo Kehrer equalised with eight minutes remaining, but the hosts could not find a winning goal and their inevitable coronation was put on hold.


However, all the talk was about Choupo-Moting’s miss.


Check out the video above to see what PSG boss Thomas Tuchel had to say about his misfiring striker.



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Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel said it was “necessary” to rest stars Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe as Strasbourg stopped them from securing the title at Parc des Princes.

Tuchel’s side needed three points to retain the Ligue 1 title but the visitors struck twice in quick succession as the game finished 2-2.

Neymar, Cavani and Angel Di Maria were absent, while Mbappe was named as a substitute for the game, and Tuchel said it was necessary to “protect his players”.

Speaking to L’Equipe, he said: “I don’t like playing without Neymar, Edi, Di Maria, all the players who can make a difference

“But it was necessary. Kylian felt something in his muscles over the last three games. It’s not always possible to play him.”

Despite the absences, it looked a formality for PSG when Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting got the opening goal after 13 minutes.

However, Strasbourg arrived in the French capital on a high after winning the Coupe de la Ligue final last weekend and following it up with a 4-0 midweek success against Reims, and the visitors rallied.

Thierry Laurey’s team turned the game on its head before half-time with goals from Nuno Da Costa and Anthony Goncalves.

The introduction of Mbappe after an hour saw PSG become much more of a threat and Thilo Kehrer equalised with eight minutes remaining, but the hosts could not find a winning goal and their inevitable coronation was put on hold.

PSG should have regained the lead at 1-1 but an astonishing miss by Choupo-Moting meant it stayed level.

Christopher Nkunku lifted his shot over the advancing goalkeeper and the ball was set to trickle into the net, only for Choupo-Moting to follow it in and stop the ball on the goal line in an attempt to get the final touch and his second goal of the game.

Tuchel said: “I think he’s lacking confidence. He’s not here to start every game but he is at the moment because we have a lot of injuries.

“It’s not his role. He’s a great substitute.

“Today, he was very unhappy. He started well then stopped the ball on the line.

“I don’t know why he did that. You could say it’s Murphy’s law.”

PSG are 20 points clear at the top of the table with eight games left and their next chance to clinch the title will come when they travel to second-placed Lille next weekend.

Laurey was quoted in L’Equipe as saying: “It was a shame to concede to make it 2-2 with eight minutes left to play.

“It was a bit like the Alamo, the saves from Matz Sels were necessary and we prayed a little.

“But regardless of the result, I am very happy with the performance of my players because it’s matches like these which will help them progress.”

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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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