Tuchel says Reds clash is 50-50
Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel admits his side can no longer be considered clear favourites to beat Manchester United.
The Parisians travel to Old Trafford for their Champions League Round of 16 first leg tie to take on a United side that have won 10 out of 11 games under the leadership of caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
When the draw was made in December few doubted the Ligue 1 leaders would get the better of a United side labouring under then boss Jose Mourinho.
But since Solskjaer took over as caretaker there has been something of a revolution at Old Trafford, while PSG arrived in Manchester with star strikers Neymar and Edinson Cavani sidelined by injury.
Now the Parisiens can no longer be so confident of progressing, and Tuchel accepts that.
‘Over 180 minutes I would say it’s 50-50,’ Tuchel said through a translator.
‘Tomorrow, with them at home at Old Trafford whether it’s 50-50 I’m not sure but we have a second leg in Paris where we are strong and comfortable.
‘At this level it’s the details.
It could be a decision of a referee, a yellow or a red that can make the difference.
It’s a close game.’