Thomas Tuchel and his Paris Saint-Germain side are far from full strength ahead of their Champions League round of 16 tie against Manchester United on Tuesday night.
Neymar has been ruled out until April with a metatarsal injury and striker Edinson Cavani, who has scored 22 goals this season, is a huge doubt after PSG confirmed that he sustained an injury to his right thigh against Bordeaux.
To put the pair’s importance into perspective, the club have scored 17 Champions League goals this season and Neymar and Cavani have scored or assisted 11 of them.
“We have to wait. I don’t have good news,” said PSG manager Thomas Tuchel about Cavani’s injury.
“I honestly don’t know if Cavani will play. Yes it is worrying. We don’t have another Edi like we don’t have another Neymar.”
On top of that, defender Thomas Meunier has also been ruled out against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men after suffering from a light concussion.
So how will Tuchel cope with the above injuries? It looks like the manager will deploy Plan D in order to try and get a result against the in form United.
Following their narrow victory against Bordeaux, Tuchel said this:
“There are lots of plan Bs now. Without Ney [Neymar], maybe without Marco, maybe without Edi [Cavani], now we need a plan D.
“I can’t think about so many different plans in advance. We have to analyse Manchester United, we have to stay calm and confident.
“Normally, my opinion is definitely clear: for a game against Manchester United, for a game against Liverpool or even against Red Star Belgrade, you need your key players with confidence, experience, quality, who are used to playing that kind of game, are used to playing big games full of pressure, who are used to managing the pressure.
“But, if two or three key players are not here, it’s our duty to find solutions.
“It’s very difficult if we play with our best team, it’s a big challenge. If we are missing lots of key players, it’s an even bigger challenge, but we will be ready on Tuesday, I think.”
Tuchel may be trying to play some mind games here.
Can PSG overcome Manchester United on Tuesday night, despite the absence of Neymar and Cavani?
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