Paris SG did not fall into the trap in Pau on Wednesday night, with a 2-0 success demonstrating the application and seriousness put on by Parisian surrogates.
Thomas Tuchel had taken a big hit for this match, firstly to avoid the accumulation of fatigue, but also because the French Cup allowed to give the substitutes playing time, as was the case in the previous rounds against Linas and Lorient. On top of that, there was a decisive parameter with Pau’s turf condition, which was catastrophic and could cause Colin Dagba’s serious injury. Not enough for the PSG coach to want to line up his stars like Kylian Mbappé and Neymar. Pity for Palois viewers who came in numbers, but it’s a choice assumed and even shared by the other players. As Ander Herrera’s statements in Le Parisien demonstrate, the Spaniard made it clear that superstars did not have to break their heads on such pitches.
« PsG playing without Neymar and Mbappé? They need to rest, yes. We’re here to help. We have a good chance. It’s great for our coach and hard for other teams! When you play for PSG, you can’t be selfish. Thilo (Kehrer) didn’t play for a long time and was very good. Pablo (Sarabia) is there to score goals. Choupo is the same. Mauro (Icardi) played with great humility. We have to keep it that way. He warned the Spanish midfielder, who does not consider himself a starter for big games, but takes advantage of his playing time and above all demonstrates an impeccable mood.