Thomas Tuchel attacked his Paris Saint-Germain players and described their performance in the loss to Manchester United as the “worst” of his two years at the club.
Marcus Rashford struck late in Paris to seal an impressive victory for United against a side PSG who still appeared to be suffering from hangovers after losing last season’s final in August.
Neymar and Kylian Mbappe fell short of expectations that night and a lost start to Group H gives Tuchel’s side an uphill battle to progress in the Champions League.
Paris Saint-Germain’s performance was “one of the worst” of their reign, said Thomas Tuchel
The German boss (left) was scathing in his assessment of his side’s loss to Manchester United
The defeat was PSG’s first in 25 Champions League group matches at Parc des Princes and Tuchel was left looking for answers as to why his team were so far below the required level.
“In the first half we just weren’t on the pitch,” Tuchel told beIN SPORTS after the 2-1 loss. “It was not our level.
“I don’t know why, but I can just say that it was not our level, in moving the ball, in possession, in counterattack, in challenges, in intensity.
“By far one of our worst games, one of our worst first halves. “
Marcus Rashford (right) made the difference as he scored late to win the game for United
Tuchel accepted that the only way was to get into Group H because “it couldn’t be worse” in the future.
Tuchel mixed his pack with a number of injured players and it showed as the game progressed and depth became a factor.
RB Leipzig’s victory over Istanbul Basaksehir saw PSG fall to third place in Group H.
But with Basaksehir next for Tuchel’s side, they can put an end to their alarming performance against United and return to victory with the boss convinced their performances “couldn’t be worse” from here.
“The good news is it couldn’t be worse,” he said.
“Okay we were 1-0, it’s easy to play better in the second half and we had to step up, that was clear,” Tuchel added after star striker Neymar failed to score in the second half. of four consecutive Champions League appearances for the first time. time since November 2013.
“We tried to make some tactical changes because of Idrissa Gueye’s injury, we tried to bring in another offensive player, which was a risk that we paid in the end as well. It was like that today.
Kylian Mbappe (middle) struggled to make his mark as he was pulled together by United’s defense
“From start to finish, we felt like we had never been at our highest level, and we weren’t really in the game as it was absolutely necessary at this level.
Bruno Fernandes gave United the advantage with a penalty, which was picked up after Keylor Navas left his line to save the first attempt, and it was 1-0 in the interval.
PSG returned with determination, equalizing when Anthony Martial walked towards his own net from Neymar’s corner.
But United maintained their conviction and their dominance was eventually revealed with three vital points as Rashford shot from the bottom corner after being chosen by substitute Paul Pogba.