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Victory over Liverpool felt like the Champions League team by Thomas Tuchel – but more importantly, PSG

The Champions League has broken Paris Saint-Germain executives in the past. Laurent Blanc was despatched to lose in the quarterfinals…

The Champions League has broken Paris Saint-Germain executives in the past. Laurent Blanc was despatched to lose in the quarterfinals to a weak Manchester City side in 2016. Unai Emery never recovered from collapsing in Barcelona the following year. If PSG had lost to Liverpool on Wednesday night and hit the group stage, it’s impossible to see how Thomas Tuchel could have survived.

But they won 2-1 and in the happy aftermath the players played on the plane far after the end, it was possible to feel a change, or at least the beginning of something. For the first time in more than a year, PSG had another top spot in Europe. It’s the typical result that can lead to a leadership position, rather than breaking one. And Tuchel could not hide his pride and joy in the press conference after the match.

What really said in Tuchel’s comments was the meaning that PSG begins again under him. It never felt, under Carlo Ancelotti, Laurent Blanc or Unai Emery, as if the club made a lot of progress. The stories were the same as they tried and failed to reach the Champions League semifinals, something they have not yet done.

1/22 Gianluigi Buffon – 7

Did not actually fall into action all that much, despite the fact that Liverpool’s attacking ability so little to add about his performance.

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2/22 Thilo Kehrer – 6

Not as influential as his complementary back but did his defensive tasks well.

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3/22 Thiago Silva – 8

Some sensational blocks and defenses with everything he has. Also add many emotions to their display.

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4/22 Presnel Kimpembe – 7

Some nervous moments for the 23-year-old but the central defender were good when they were called (for the most part.)

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5/22 Juan Bernat – 8

A strong achievement from Bernat and an excellent goal to start his second consecutive Champions League game for PSG.

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6/22 Marquinhos – 6

Not as composite as the rest of the PSG side but a satisfying evening.

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7/22 Marco Verratti – 7

Customer could well have been turned off, but in terms of his overall performance he was very composed in the midfield and drew the strings of French champion.

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8/22 Angel Di Maria – 5

Did not get too much of an offensive impact on the game and made the game unnecessarily interesting at half past time, scything down Mane with Milner sending a penalty. Took off on the timber mark.

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9/22 Neymar – 7

Taken his goals well and caused lots of problems for Liverpool defenders and despite his discontent and went over quite smoothly, he can not deny his impact on this game.

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10/22 Kylian Mbeppe – 7

A sterling performance from the young striker. He is a wonderful talent and will only go from strength to strength. Linking up with Cavani and Neymar for fun.

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11/22 Edinson Cavani – 7

Missed some of the great chances for PSG but was still crucial for their cause and linked with their two front men very well. Great ovation from home fans after his substitution after an hour.

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12/22 Alisson – 7

Was the only Liverpool defender to cover up with some glory tonight and make a few good stops and keep Liverpool in the match.

13/22 Joe Gomez – 5

Were wonderful this season that went into the Liverpool team but was disappointing tonight without being able to stop PSG attackers and stood still for the first goal, particularly.

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14/22 Virgil Van Dijk – 5

His bad clearance led to PSG’s opening goal and he seemed just a little flat-footed compared to his usual dominant self.

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15/22 Dejan Lovren – 4

Shoddy performance from one of the world’s best defenders according to his self-titled status. He was out of touch, too tight when he could not stay and showed up tonight.

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16/22 Andy Robertson – 6

One of the better defenders, especially forward as usual but part of a backline that regularly worried.

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17/22 Jordan Henderson – 6

A little remarkable to say about his appearance tonight. Nothing special, nothing bad.

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18/22 James Milner – 7

Should have been booked but a good performance by Mr. Conscious and punished it in the press that it was just before half time to give Liverpool one Sniff.

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19/22 Georginio Wijnaldum – 6

Booked earlier in the game and could not really stop the PSG engine but he was reasonable.

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20/22 Mohamed Salah – 6

A disappointment from last year’s star man when he failed to commit himself to the game of the evening.

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21/22 Sadio Mane – 7

Won penalty in the first half with a good straight run (despite the lunatic tackle on him). Do not be his flash himself, but not a bad performance.

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22/22 Roberto Firmino – 6

Some nice hands to tie up with his other fingers, but again he has to do a little more.

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1/22 Gianluigi Buffon – 7

Did not actually fall into action all that much, despite the attacking ability of Liverpool so little to add about his performance.

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2/22 Thilo Kehrer – 6

Not as influential as his fellow fullback but did his defensive tasks well.

Action Images via Reuters

3/22 Thiago Silva – 8

A few sensational blocks and defenses with everything he has. Also add many emotions to their display.

EPA

4/22 Presnel Kimpembe – 7

Some nervous moments for the 23-year-old but the central defender were good when they were called (mostly.)

AP

AP

5/22 Juan Bernat – 8

A strong achievement from Bernat and an excellent goal to start his second consecutive Champions League game for PSG.

EPA

6/22 Marquinhos – 6

Not as composite as the rest of the PSG side but a satisfying evening.

AFP / Getty Images

7/22 Marco Verratti – 7

Customer could well have been turned off but in terms of his overall performance he was very composed in the midfield and drew the strings to French champion.

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8/22 Angel Di Maria – 5

Did not get too much of an offensive impact on the game and made the game unnecessarily interesting at half-time, scything down Mane with Milner sends a penalty. Took off on the timber mark.

AFP / Getty Images

9/22 Neymar – 7

Took his goal well and caused a lot of problems for Liverpool defenders and despite his attack and went pretty smoothly, he can not deny his impact on this game.

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10/22 Kylian Mbeppe – 7

A sterling performance from the young striker. He is a wonderful talent and will only go from strength to strength. Linking up with Cavani and Neymar for fun.

AP

11/22 Edinson Cavani – 7

Missed some of the great chances for PSG but was still crucial for their cause and linked with their two front men very well. Great ovation from home fans after his substitution after an hour.

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12/22 Alisson – 7

Was the only Liverpool defender to cover himself in honor this evening and make a few good stops and keep Liverpool in the match.

13/22 Joe Gomez – 5

Be wonderful this season that went into the Liverpool team but was disappointed tonight without being able to stop PSG attackers and stood still for the first goal , especially.

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14/22 Virgil Van Dijk – 5

His bad clearance led to PSG’s opening goal and he seemed just a little flat-footed compared to his usual dominating self.

AFP / Getty Images

15/22 Dejan Lovren – 4

Shoddy performance from one of the world’s best defenders according to his self-titled status. He was out of touch, too tight when he could not stay and showed up tonight.

PA

16/22 Andy Robertson – 6

One of the better defenders, especially forward as usual but part of a backline that regularly worried.

Getty Images

17/22 Jordan Henderson – 6

A little remarkable to say about his appearance tonight. Nothing special, nothing bad.

AP

18/22 James Milner – 7

Should have been booked but a good performance by Mr. Conscious and punished in the pressure situation that it was just before half time to give Liverpool a sniff.

AP

19/22 Georginio Wijnaldum – 6

Booked earlier in the game and could not really stop the PSG engine but he was reasonable.

Getty Images

20/22 Mohamed Salah – 6

A disappointment from last year’s star man when he failed to commit himself to the game of the evening.

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21/22 Sadio Mane – 7

Won penalty in the first half with a good straight run (despite the lunatic tackle on him). Do not be his flash himself, but not a bad performance.

Action images via Reuters

22/22 Roberto Firmino – 6

Some nice hands to connect with his other fingers, but again he has to do a little more.

Action Shots via Reuters

But Tuchel’s great achievement has been to transform this into a young team with a mission. He spoke in advance about how much more experience than PSG, which is technically true, but feels a strange complaint when he has Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Angel di Maria and Gianluigi Buffon on the plan. And yet, Tuchel spoke as if his team had proved something for the first time out there and made a long-term mental breakthrough in it.

“This was our last opportunity to show we can fight,” said Tuchel, in his exact and improved French at his press conference. “Liverpool has an incredible mentality and that’s why it was necessary to show that we can play and fight against this team. It was our last chance to really show that we can play a big game against a big team. great progress for us. “

Jurgen Klopp had his complaints about PSG’s game acting but he was impressed by their performance and Tuchel’s tactical courage. “When you saw line-up, the approach they chose was full risk. Especially in the beginning, they would try everything as long as their legs would carry them. And with the quality they have, it was quite intense to deal with.”

What this meant in practice was a 4-4-2 with Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani in front, and Neymar and Angel di Maria tucked from the wide areas, with Marquinhos and Marco Verratti in front of the defense to protect them. And after so much criticism that they could not play with the right intensity to fight seriously, they beat themselves in Liverpool in the first half in a way that you do not often see PSG team play.

Even more impressive was the two-way relationship between the team and the audience, each feeding energy from the other, each player giving them up when he had an extra second. There are pairs for the course at most big clubs, but on PSG it’s all such a procession so often that this feeling felt new in itself. Tuchel certainly also appeared in it.

The challenge now, if PSG is coming through, is to replicate the same intensity for the past 16 years. Last year they showed up in two legs against Real Madrid, but if they play this in February nobody will want to come here. Not even back-to-back-to-back masters. Tuchel has finally lit a flame here and now he has to keep it burning. “We must preserve this spirit,” he said. “It’s good to create a new atmosphere, a new culture. We did not have the experience, and now we know something.”

Perhaps they will lose again in the last 16 or quarter finals, as they always did in Qatar- time. But if they do not, and this is the year they finally do it in the serious stages, this evening, Liverpool will remember that night when the ear finally fell.

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