Champions League

Tuchel defends Neymar: 'he can't do everything'

The Brazilian was unable to impact proceedings to the best of his ability as PSG lost the Champions League final

5:14pm on Monday 24th August 2020
Martin Macdonald

Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel has defended the Champions League final performances of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

On Sunday, Bayern won their sixth European Cup after a narrow 1-0 victory against PSG, with former player of the French side Kingsley Coman scoring the only goal of the game with a header following a cross from Joshua Kimmich.

For most of the game golden opportunities were hard to come by, although Mbappe did miss a superb chance around 12 yards out.

Both Mbappe and Neymar were unable to cause the Bayern defence much damage, and with combined transfer fees of around €400m and their status as two of the world's best, they have naturally come under criticism following the loss.

Tuchel, however, has backed the showings from his two star men.

"Neymar has had a great tournament, he cannot do everything," the German said following the loss against Bayern.

"Mbappe, it's a miracle that he was with us after sustaining a serious [ankle] injury [in July]."

Marquinhos was also quick to point out that defeat must go on the shoulders of the collective, not individuals.

"We're a team, it's not any individual's fault," he suggested.

"We have to be proud of our team.

"Nobody thought we'd do that well in this campaign.

"We're disappointed because we wanted more but we need to continue like this, to make sacrifices, to work for each other. We have to think about the next campaign and see what we can do better."

PSG don't have much time to languish in defeat, as this weekend they start their Ligue 1 title defence with an away fixture against Lens.

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