PSG boss recalls remarkable last meeting with Liverpool

Date published: Tuesday 18th September 2018 7:17

Thomas Tuchel has recalled his last visit to Anfield to face Liverpool.

Tuchel will return to Merseyside on Tuesday to open Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League campaign against the Reds.

The referee will be Cuneyt Cakir, who also officiated Tuchel’s last game against Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Liverpool beat Borussia Dortmund 4-3 in April 2016 to advance to the Europa League semi-finals with a 5-4 aggregate win. It was an *actual* famous European night at Anfield.

His side led 4-2 with 24 minutes to go of their Europa League quarter-final second leg only for Liverpool to score three times in a dramatic last-minute finish.

It means the PSG boss is wary of a team which is now even better than the one he faced then.

“We did handle it quite well. We were leading 2-0 and 3-1 (on the night) and then an outstanding goal from (Philippe) Coutinho changed everything,” Tuchel added.

“It was a last-second defeat, just a step from a semi-final. I was asked if it still hurts me. I have to say I am more grateful that I was part of it.

“At Anfield, you need a lot of experience and courage. You can never feel comfortable against Jurgen’s (Klopp) teams.

“You can never never have one minute where you think, ‘We have it under control’.

“Even if we have the ball it can happen that in 10 seconds they can be in front of your goal.

“We can never put our concentration down for one second, we can never feel like we have a moment of calmness and quietness here.

“I think they (the players) know that. If not, I will tell them and they will be aware of that.”

 

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