‘The chances will be very, very small’: PSG manager Thomas Tuchel admits they need a ‘miracle’ for Kylian Mbappe to be fit for Champions League quarter-final against Atalanta after striker’s horror ankle injury
- PSG manager Thomas Tuchel said Kylian Mbappe needs a ‘miracle’ to be ready
- The 21-year-old suffered an ankle injury during French Cup final last Friday
- Mbappe is likely to miss out on Champions League quarter-final vs Atalanta
- Tuchel is confident that Mauro Icardi can fill the boots of Mbappe
Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel admits that they will need a ‘miracle’ for star forward Kylian Mbappe to be fit in time for the Champions League.
The 21-year-old suffered an ankle injury during the Coupe de France final against Saint Etienne, after a horror tackle from Loic Perrin which instigated a 21-man brawl on the pitch.
PSG will resume their Champions League campaign on August 12, when they face Serie A side and surprise package of the tournament Atalanta.
PSG manager Thomas Tuchel has admitted they need a ‘miracle’ for Kylian Mbappe to be fit
The striker sustained an ankle injury and will likely miss the Champions League quarter-finals
Tuchel has made it pretty clear that he does not think Mbappe will be back in time.
‘This will have an important influence for us, but I hope that the solution will be found,’ Tuchel told reporters ahead of tonight’s League Cup final against Lyon.
‘We still hope [he can play against Atalanta], but the chances will be very, very small. Every day counts to achieve a miracle, but tomorrow we will have to adapt without Kylian.’
Mbappe left the French Cup final on crutches as the date with Atalanta approaches
Tuchel’s side will face Lyon in the League Cup final before their European clash with Atalanta
After the Ligue 1 season was cancelled and PSG were crowned champions yet again, they are preparing for just their second domestic match before their European clash with Atalanta.
Tuchel’s side will face Lyon in the Coupe de la Ligue final and the German is confident that striker Mauro Icardi can fill the shoes of Mbappe while he is on the sidelines.
‘He was very strong in the first friendlies, he is always very strong with Neymar, Kylian and Angel Di Maria. He likes to play with all three,’ Tuchel added.
The German is confident that Mauro Icardi can fill the shoes of Mbappe whilst he is sidelined
‘He matches the characteristics of the team. It is not necessary for him not to touch the ball too many times. He can wait. He has a lot of patience.
‘It’s up to everyone to improve, not just him. He will improve and he can play better. He works a lot defensively, he is disciplined, he is important for us.
‘If we don’t play enough for him, we can tell that he is not in good shape but it is not like that. He remains the same player as when he arrived. He always wants to score and it is also our goal to give him good balls to score. He remains important for us.’