Tuchel: ‘I’m sad to have lost three key players for the Champions League’

Paris Saint-Germain will be continuing their hunt for the Champions League in August. The French giants have been paired with Atalanta in the quarter finale of the European tournament, which will be resumed as a small tournament in Portugal. For the return PSG will be without three players as Edinson Cavani, Thomas Meunier, and Tanguy Kouassi who all left the club after their contracts had expired at the end of June.

Meunier joined Borussia Dortmund, while Kouassi has joined Bayern Munich earlier this month. Cavani has yet to find a new club, but it is believed that the Uruguayan will be completing a return to the Serie A next season. Speaking to RMC Sport, PSG boss Thomas Tuchel says he is unhappy the club failed to convince the three players to sign a short-term extension to complete the Champions League in August.

“I am sad to have lost three key players for the Champions League with Tanguy [Kouassi], Edi [Cavani], and Thomas Meunier,” Tuchel said. “It makes things more difficult. For PSG, it is absolutely necessary to have quality with a large group. Now all the players have been very good. It is absolutely necessary that everyone stays like that. We found a good atmosphere, a good atmosphere between us.”

With three first team players leaving the club, PSG will be forced to use academy players to fill in the gaps in the squad. Les Parisiens will be playing two cup finals and will play several friendly matches ahead of the return of the Champions League on August 13. Tuchel has already called out the youngsters of his squad to prove their worth for the team during the next couple of weeks.