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Tuchel defends 'necessary' decison to rest star men

8th April 2019, 11:48 by Craig Smithson

Thomas Tuchel said it was "necessary" to rest Paris Saint-Germain's stars Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe against Strasbourg.

The German tactician opted to keep his star trio out of the starting XI as PSG went into the game at the Parc des Princes knowing a win would secure the Ligue 1 title.

However, after Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting put the hosts in front, Strasbourg stormed back to take the lead before half-time thanks to goals from Nuno da Costa and Anthony Goncalves.

Thilo Kehrer equalised for PSG late on but they could not find a winner, although Choupo-Moting was guilty of possibly the worst miss in the history of football during the game when he touched a goalbound shot from Christopher Nkunku onto the post while stood on the line.

Neymar, Cavani and Angel Di Maria were absent from the squad and Mbappe came off the bench in the second half.

When quizzed about his decision to rest a host of key men, Tuchel 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."

On Choupo-Moting's shocking miss, Tuchel added: "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."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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