The Brazilian was unavailable due to disqualification but his attacking partner was still on the scoresheet despite having only recently recovered from Covid-19
Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel joked that Kylian Mbappe’s best position is “close to Neymar” following the club’s return to victory, with the French champions claiming a 3-0 win over Nice in the main match of Ligue 1 on Sunday.
Tuchel has seen his squad options limited almost to the extreme, with injuries adding to the suspensions Neymar, Layvin Kurzawa and Leandro Paredes suffered at the end of their extremely heated Classique clash with Marseille last weekend.
Fortunately for the German, the remaining players he has at his disposal are still of extraordinary quality, as evidenced by Mbappe, Mauro Icardi and Angel Di Maria in the lead for Les Parisiens on Sunday.
Questions were raised about whether Mbappe would appear at all after recovering from the coronavirus, but a goal from the spot announced the World Cup winner’s return to action and Tuchel was asked if the loss of key stars had affected how which the French international had been deployed. .
“For me, its best location is near Neymar. If we don’t have Ney, we need to find something else! “The former Dortmund boss laughed as he spoke to the press.” In fact, I really like it when Kylian plays as second striker.
“We started with a 4-4-2 and after that of Ghana [Idrissa Gueye] injury, we went to 4-3-3, but for Kylian it doesn’t change much. Mauro likes to play inside, Kylian likes to go left. I hope you keep playing like this. “
Further questioned whether he expected such a brilliant performance from Mbappe after his absence, he added: “Not surprised, no, but it’s impressive. What Di Maria did was not easy: Angel played three games in a row and only had one training session.
“He always proves he’s capable of doing extraordinary things and it’s the same with Kylian. He had a great game and once again proved that he can make a difference with his confidence and desire to score.
“He helped us a lot, that’s obvious. I saw a lot of effort from the team in what was a well deserved victory – not that it was easy, [goalkeeper] Keylor Navas also played a great match. We now have a week to prepare for our next match. “