Thomas Tuchel says Paris Saint-Germain’s 4-0 win over St. Etienne was a good rehearsal for Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Liverpool at Anfield.
The Reds play Tottenham today in the Premier League in their first big match of the season and while Jürgen Klopp will be focused on beating Spurs first, there will inevitably some thought going the way of the Paris clash midweek.
Neymar and Kylian Mbappe both didn’t play for PSG against St. Etienne, with Thomas Tuchel resting the former while the latter served a ban for a red card he received before the international break.
Tuchel became the first manager in history to win his first five games in Ligue 1 as the PSG boss and said after the game that his side’s 4-0 win over St. Etienne on Friday was a good rehearsal ahead of the trip to Merseyside to face Liverpool.
Tuchel told the club’s official website: “I’m very happy with this victory, our sixth in a row since the start of the season.
“It’s important to several options when we play. Today we were without Neymar and Kylian and I’m happy to have used players that were here during the international break.
“It was a difficult first half and Saint-Etienne played very well. We lost too many easy balls and that gave our opponents solutions. In the second half, we attacked down the wings more and we found more space for Di Maria and Julian Draxler.
“It was a good rehearsal, good for the confidence ahead of Tuesday’s match in Anfield against Liverpool. It will be a big test for us, but we are confident.”