Tuchel talks up PSG fatigue

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Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel delighted with Classique win.

Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel says his players did well to secure a late win against Brest considering the fatigue in his squad at present.

The reigning Ligue 1 champions were made to work hard for the three points at the Stade Francis-Le Ble.

Angel di Maria scored the opening goal of the game but the hosts responded well in the second half, with Samuel Grandsir levelling for Brest.

With just five minutes of the 90 remaining, loan star Mauro Icardi popped up with the winner to see the champions secure a 10th win form 13 matches.

Without injured stars Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, others needed to step up and did so to see PSG move nine points clear at the top of the table.

Tuchel has admitted that there are a host of fatigued players in his squad, who will now have to travel all over the globe with their respective countries in the international break.

“We changed a lot of players,” Tuchel said. “I did not expect our best match, or a lot of automatisms. I told the players. But I was convinced that we could be ready to fight with Brest. Everyone is tired, too. But we are able to continue.”

Tuchel added: “As I said before, there are too many international matches. We kill the players.”

PSG can take another big step towards the Ligue 1 title in their next outing on November 22 when they play host to third-placed Lille at the Parc des Princes.