The former boss of Borussia Dortmund hailed the Spaniard ‘s efforts, though he also chose Angel Di Maria for his ability to respond to adversity.
After Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Rennes, Paris Saint-Germain head coach Thomas Tuchel gave midfielder Ander Herrera special praise.
For their match against the side that were third in the table, the Ligue 1 champions were weakened, with Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Marco Verratti only some of the players out due to injury.
Herrera, however, stepped forward and created a goal for Angel Di Maria, who, after finding the net twice, was widely praised as the man of the match. The former Manchester United central midfielder, however, deserved to be picked out for Tuchel.
“Before the match, Ander was dead,” Tuchel said. “He died tonight in the dressing room. Exceptional was what he did. For Leandro Paredes, the same.
“We’ve taken chances. We hoped he would play for an hour at the start, but it was important for him to play the whole game. We had a very good team in Rennes, but we had a good attitude and a joint effort. It was an awesome win.
Meanwhile, Di Maria, who bounced back from missing a critical penalty against RB Leipzig, was also praised.
The former Dortmund boss said, “Angel likes to play a lot to get his rhythm.” For four games, he was suspended and it was very difficult for him, and serious for us.
“He was really sad after his missed penalty in Leipzig, which was a crucial moment. He took on his duties today and given a positive response. It’s about sport. Difficult and sad times will come, but you have to get up. That’s what he did and I’m really proud.
PSG’s injury problems mounted throughout the Rennes fixture, already without a raft of players, as several players limped off.
“Tuchel said of the frontman, who opened the scoring but left the park unsteadily,” Moise Kean took a lot of blows, and he already had pain before the game. We used him a lot and he was excellent physically. I hope there’s nothing for him that is too serious.
With his hamstring, Idrissa Gueye is struggling again, and for Thilo Kehrer, it’s the same groin injury. It’s grave, that means. No injury to Alessandro Florenzi. He was really weary of it.
Before returning to Monaco, PSG had two weeks off for the international break, then a crucial home Champions League match with Leipzig.