Thomas Tuchel reiterated Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe will not leave the Ligue 1 champions despite links with Real Madrid.

Mbappe has reportedly emerged as a target for LaLiga giants Madrid, who are still looking to fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo after his move to Juventus last year.

The 20-year-old insisted he will not join Zinedine Zidane's side at the end of the season following his hat-trick in a 3-1 win against Monaco on Sunday, as PSG celebrated their sixth Ligue 1 title in seven seasons.

Asked about Mbappe – who became the youngest player to score 30 Ligue 1 goals in a single campaign – and his future post-match, head coach Tuchel told reporters: "The president [Nasser Al-Khelaifi] has always told me the same thing: there are no opportunities for other clubs to buy Kylian this summer.

"I've always been convinced that he'll always be our player. This is important to achieve all our objectives. To win, we need players like Kylian.

"We need to have Kylian on the team. He's a decisive player for us, he can improve, he shows it every week, every three days. There's nothing else to say about Kylian; I've already said everything.

"If we play for PSG, everyone expects us to win; we expect that from us, too. For that, we need the best players like Kylian in attack. If he plays, everyone is confident of scoring anytime."

PSG retained their Ligue 1 crown before they faced Monaco in Paris following Lille's goalless draw at Toulouse earlier on Sunday.

"I was very, very happy today after Lille's draw against Toulouse because after that we were sure to be champions," added Tuchel, who replaced Unai Emery prior to the start of the season.

"It was a good feeling. Everyone expected us to be champions sooner but when you are finally champions, it's different. This is my first championship and it's really special.

"For that, I say thank you to all the staff and players because without a player, it is not possible to win trophies as a coach."

Thomas Tuchel said Paris Saint-Germain must be patient in their Champions League quest after clinching back-to-back Ligue 1 titles.

PSG's domestic domination continued on Sunday thanks to Lille's 0-0 draw at Toulouse and a 3-1 victory over Monaco in Paris.

Kylian Mbappe's hat-trick against his former side sealed a sixth Ligue 1 trophy in seven seasons for PSG, whose campaign was derailed by a shock Champions League last-16 defeat to Manchester United in March.

PSG head coach Tuchel celebrated the title in his maiden season at the helm, while referencing Juve's wait for European glory, which dates back to 1996.

"We had a very serious first half, we are not in our best period, but we had a good game," Tuchel said via Canal+.

"Played with a good rhythm until the hour of the game. After the third goal, we lost the ball a little more. But we won, it was important. It was always complicated.

"If we win the Coupe de France, the season will be successful, the championship shows that we have worked hard.

"The Champions League is a goal, but even Juventus have been waiting for eight years. But the goal is to win the double each year, and it is achieved."

Neymar returned from a foot injury at home to Monaco, while PSG team-mate Edinson Cavani also made his comeback in the French capital.

Cavani came on in the second half and the Uruguay international – who has been linked with a move away from PSG – insisted he is happy to see out the remaining year of his contract.

"I am under contract here for another year," the 32-year-old forward. "I am good here, calm, and very happy with the team, as well as the supporters. That said, you never know in football."

Thomas Tuchel collected the first league title of his coaching career in double-quick time when Paris Saint-Germain claimed their sixth Ligue 1 crown in seven seasons on Sunday.

After failing to get over the line with a draw against Strasbourg and heavy loss to Lille followed by a shock defeat to Nantes, PSG finally took an unassailable lead at the summit with five games still to play in France's top flight.

Kylian Mbappe and the other members of a star-studded line-up can add Coupe de France glory on April 27 but this remains a season that will still probably be remembered for one crushing failure at the Parc des Princes.

Manchester United's improbable heist in the French capital dumped PSG out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage and the co-existence of continental failure alongside uncompetitive domestic dominance is something Tuchel instantly has in common with his immediate predecessors.

But how do his efforts so far compare with the other men to have led PSG during the Qatar Sports Investments era? Is the former Borussia Dortmund boss set to breach ground not covered by Carlo Ancelotti, Laurent Blanc and Unai Emery or will this simply be Paris' latest case of "Jour de la Marmotte"?

More wins, more goals per game

Comparing the Opta numbers behind each coach's first season at the helm, Tuchel stacks up promisingly.

A win percentage of 81.8 far outstrips Blanc and Emery, who each returned 71.1 per cent in 2013-14 and 2016-17 respectively, with Monaco and an emerging Mbappe pipping PSG to glory in the latter campaign.

PSG average 2.9 goals per league game under Tuchel, with the next best in that regard coming during Ancelotti's initial foray from December of 2011-12, when Zlatan Ibrahimovic and others amassed an average of 2.3 over the course of 19 matches.

Nowhere else does the esteemed Italian tactician compare too favourably to what has followed, underlining the rapid rate of PSG's progress.

Defensive solidity

Expanding the analysis to look at the completed reigns of Blanc and Emery shows Tuchel's PSG to be the most miserly at this comparatively early stage of his tenure.

A backline marshalled by Thiago Silva and in which Presnel Kimpembe's burgeoning reputation continues to grow has only been breached 0.8 times per match.

An average of 10.2 shots conceded per game is fewer than Ancelotti managed but more than Blanc's figure after 114 matches in charge.

More progressive?

PSG's passes-per-game numbers are notably down under Tuchel when set against the Blanc and Emery eras.

The former France and current Arsenal boss saw their sides average 659.3 and 656.6 passes over the course of 90 minutes, while Tuchel's 619.1 is a notable break from this uniformity.

Adrien Rabiot's standoff with the club means alternative midfield solutions, such as deploying Dani Alves in the engine room, have been required – possibly tempering the steady control of matches preferred by Emery and Blanc.

However, a return of 15.1 shots per game – slightly down on Emery's numbers and more than Blanc – and the improved scoring rate speaks of a team getting forward in a quicker, more direct fashion to unleash a fearsome forward line.

Conclusion

The indications that Tuchel is developing PSG into a team with a defined style help to explain why the Parc des Princes board are reportedly set to hand him a fresh contract despite the United setback.

In time, the controlled and composed dissection of their Premier League opponents at Old Trafford in the first leg could come to look more significant – evidence that PSG can perform effectively to a shrewd Tuchel game plan.

However, a repeat of that second-leg failure next season is unlikely to be tolerated. Slightly better dominance of Ligue 1 than Blanc and Emery will not ultimately be the measure of Tuchel's reign.

Paris Saint-Germain wrapped up the Ligue 1 title without having to kick a ball on Sunday.

Second-placed Lille drew 0-0 away at Toulouse, leaving them 16 points behind leaders PSG with just five games remaining.

The result finally sees the capital club crowned champions for a sixth time in seven seasons ahead of facing Monaco in the late kick-off.

Thomas Tuchel's men squandered several earlier opportunities to retain the crown, failing to win any of their previous three matches as they stumbled towards the finish line.

But, in truth, the title has long been a formality, with PSG enjoying a comfortable buffer in yet another dominant domestic campaign.

It is the club's eighth Ligue 1 title in their history. Only Saint-Etienne and Marseille have won France's top flight on more occasions.

PSG can make it a double in Tuchel's maiden campaign at the helm by retaining the Coupe de France when they face Rennes at the Stade de France next weekend.

Neymar could be in line to make his Paris Saint-Germain return against Monaco on Sunday, says head coach Thomas Tuchel.

The Brazil superstar has not played competitively since damaging a metatarsal in a Coupe de France win over Strasbourg on January 23.

Neymar, who has 13 goals in as many Ligue 1 outings this term, returned to training earlier this month but has not yet been fit enough to feature.

However, Tuchel says Neymar is closing on a comeback, which may come versus Monaco as PSG attempt to finally wrap up the title after missed opportunities against Strasbourg, Lille and Nantes.

"We have to wait, there are two training sessions left. Maybe it will be Sunday, I hope," Tuchel told a pre-match news conference.

"Neymar's exams are good. He is impatient. He is confident. He is not afraid, he is striking the ball and feels good."

Thomas Meunier and captain Thiago Silva remain absent, while Tuchel said late decisions will be taken on a host of other first-team stars, including Edinson Cavani and Angel Di Maria.

"For [Julian] Draxler, Marquinhos, Cavani and Di Maria, we have to wait," he added.

"I'm not sure they are in the group. It is possible, but the opposite is possible too."

Thomas Tuchel slammed Paris Saint-Germain for producing "no performance" during a 3-2 loss to Nantes on Wednesday.

PSG again failed to wrap up the Ligue 1 title after suffering a second straight loss, a Diego Carlos double lifting Nantes to an upset win.

Kylian Mbappe was dropped for the encounter and PSG lost their third league game of the season, although they are still 17 points clear at the top.

Tuchel, whose team had gone ahead through Dani Alves, said he was unable to defend his players' display.

"In Lille, we controlled the game during 60 minutes, many players were injured. It was a game with a Champions League level. It was different," he said.

"Today, we didn't perform in 90 minutes. There was no performance, no performance at all. So it was impossible to win.

"We can lose, we can do mistakes, and we [the club] will always defend players if they play with a good mentality, with desire and as a team.

"I always defend my players, but today it's not possible."

Diego's brace and an Abdul Majeed Waris goal gave Nantes control after Alves' opener, and PSG were beaten despite Metehan Guclu's late strike.

Tuchel slammed PSG's performance, saying they were fortunate the defeat was not even greater.

"We played very, very bad. Nantes deserved to win. We should happy we didn't lose 4-1 or 5-1. It is easy to analyse," he said.

"I don't know what we lacked, but it is the reality. It was a very, very bad game. We deserved to lose."

Paris Saint-Germain blew a third chance to claim the Ligue 1 title as they slumped to a morale-sapping 3-2 loss at Nantes on Wednesday.

Thomas Tuchel watched from the stands as a patchwork side ravaged by injury failed to protect Dani Alves' stunning opener and fell to a second straight defeat, having been thrashed 5-1 at second-placed Lille at the weekend.

There was perhaps more embarrassment in conceding three times to a relegation-threatened team they had beaten in each of their past 14 top-flight meetings.

Diego Carlos did the bulk of the damage for Nantes with two goals either side of Majeed Waris' tap-in in the 44th minute.

And, though substitute Metehan Guclu grabbed a late consolation for PSG, their eventual celebrations of a sixth title in seven seasons look certain to be muted.

PSG needed a lift after their crushing loss to Lille and appeared to have it when wing-back Alves lashed a sweet 30-yard strike over Maxime Dupe in the 19th minute.

That joy disappeared barely three minutes later as Diego Carlos nodded in Valentin Rongier's corner, and Nantes compounded the away side's misery shortly before the break.

Kalifa Coulibaly dispossessed Thilo Kehrer and squared for Samuel Moutoussamy, whose side-footed effort was turned in by striker Waris.

The second half brought little defensive improvement for PSG as another Nantes corner evaded several players at the near post and squirmed in off Diego Carlos' standing foot.

A fourth should have followed after Gianluigi Buffon wandered well outside his area but Coulibaly, gifted the ball by Leandro Paredes, shot over an open goal.

Guclu pulled one back via Colin Dagba's cut-back, but the match will be remembered for PSG stumbling into another hurdle in their awkward attempt to cross the finish line.

 

What does it mean? Reinforcements needed imminently

Kylian Mbappe was the latest star to slide out of PSG's decimated squad as conflicting reports mentioned a possible falling out with head coach Tuchel and minor fitness concerns as possible explanations. That left the champions without each member of their star-studded front three and desperate for established leaders like Marco Verratti, Thiago Silva and Edinson Cavani to return.

Rongier finds his range

PSG's inability to defend set-pieces became obvious early in proceedings and captain Rongier ensured Nantes exploited the vulnerability. The midfielder's delivery was excellent for both of Diego Carlos' goals, and his usage of the ball in general play was of an equally high standard.

Kehrer struggles continue

Routine mistakes might be acceptable from the younger players thrust into action for PSG, but defender Kehrer is now 22 and making them on a regular basis. His latest indiscretion was to all too easily allow Coulibaly to bully him off the ball in the first half, an incident that summed up the away side's timid defending.

What's next?

If Lille fail to win at Toulouse on Sunday, PSG will be crowned champions a matter of hours before they welcome Monaco to Parc des Princes. Nantes also have three days' rest before hosting fellow strugglers Amiens.

Paris Saint-Germain head coach Thomas Tuchel has rejected suggestions that the club are in crisis but concedes that they are experiencing a "difficult phase".

The runaway Ligue 1 leaders have now missed two opportunities to wrap up the title after a 2-2 draw at home to Strasbourg on April 7 was followed by a crushing 5-1 defeat to second-place Lille on Sunday.

PSG have another chance to wrap up a second consecutive league title when they travel to Nantes on Wednesday and Tuchel is keen to play down his side's blip in form.

"We have to accept this kind of period in a season," he told a media conference. "In the middle there are a lot of positives but there are also complicated, hard weeks.

"It's not a crisis but a difficult phase. I will take the same crisis next season if it comes with a 17-point lead! We have to stay calm and together.

"It is our goal to be champions very quickly. We had the opportunity to become champions against Strasbourg and Lille, but we couldn't seize it. There are always obstacles to overcome."

PSG will be without the injured Thomas Meunier, Edinson Cavani, Neymar, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva and Angel Di Maria for the visit to 15th-place Nantes, while Juan Bernat and Marco Verratti are suspended.

Tuchel denied that he has any issues with the way players' injuries are being handled by the club's medical staff but did say the workload was becoming difficult for those who can play.

After listing the players that will be missing, Tuchel said: "That is not our squad for the quarter-finals for the Champions League, they are our wounded.

"I am not angry. We work hard together. The doctors, physiotherapists and staff are all together. We have to think about each injury individually. I have confidence in them.

"There are not enough players, that's the reality. If a lot of people are missing the ones remaining have more responsibilities. It's demanding. They're physically and mentally tired. They do not stop."

Brazil superstar Neymar is working his way back from a foot injury sustained in PSG's Coupe de France clash against Strasbourg on January 23, but no timescale has been put on when the world's most expensive footballer will return to full fitness.

Tuchel has confirmed that he is not suffering any lasting pain from the injury and is aiming to return soon.

"Neymar has no pain," he added. "He is very confident and wants to come back as soon as possible."

Thomas Tuchel said Paris Saint-Germain "lack players" as he vented his frustration with the team's depth following their Ligue 1 humbling against Lille.

PSG had the chance to wrap up their sixth title in seven seasons on Sunday but the French club's celebrations were put on hold following a humiliating 5-1 defeat.

Lille crushed 10-man PSG after Juan Bernat – who equalised following Thomas Meunier's own goal that gifted the hosts the lead – was sent off in the first half at Stade Pierre-Mauroy.

Nicolas Pepe, Jonathan Bamba, Gabriel and Jose Fonte struck as PSG conceded five goals in a Ligue 1 match for the first time since 2000.

PSG star Kylian Mbappe said the team "played like beginners" but head coach Tuchel told Canal+: "No, it's too easy to say like Mbappe that we lacked personality, we were in control.

"We made a good start to the match, with four goals, two for us and two offside. They didn't have any chances in the first half, and there was [Thilo] Kehrer's opportunity in the beginning of second half.

"With 10 players it became complicated, we played with sick players who should not have played. It's not possible to have only 16 players.

"This defeat shows something else, we have shortcomings every time. On the contrary, this game shows our mentality, contrary to what everyone thinks.

"To win here, we would have needed more qualities. Given the circumstances, we had a good game, I have to protect my players At 10, it became extra hard. Win in Nantes? I do not think we're going to win, maybe we'll go there with 13 players... Tonight's match showcases everything we've done well this season.

"Paris lack players. Yes, we're missing Lass Diarra and Adrien Rabiot. Everyone sees that. And I will tell that to the president, yes. Nobody said anything before because we were winning. Now, everyone has to think."

Paris Saint-Germain crumbled at Stade Pierre-Mauroy as second-placed Lille postponed their visitors' title celebrations by inflicting an emphatic 5-1 victory after Juan Bernat was sent off.

On a night when nothing seemed to go to plan for his side, PSG head coach Thomas Tuchel saw Thomas Meunier put through his own net to give Lille the lead before Bernat pulled the visitors level.

The wing-back was then shown a straight red card for a foul on Nicolas Pepe, Meunier and captain Thiago Silva having already withdrawn due to injuries.

Pepe struck six minutes after half-time and further goals from Jonathan Bamba, Gabriel and Jose Fonte rubbed salt in the wounds of PSG, who failed to adjust to their man disadvantage.

PSG remain 17 points clear at the top of Ligue 1 and will be expected to wrap up the title against Nantes in midweek, but Lille enjoyed one night of swaggering dominance as they strengthened their grip on second place.

Thomas Tuchel revealed himself as a fan of "good player" Nicolas Pepe after Lille coach Christophe Galtier highlighted the forward as a good fit for Paris Saint-Germain.

The Ivory Coast international has scored 18 Ligue 1 goals for Lille this season to reportedly catch Bayern Munich's attention.

He netted against PSG in a 2-1 defeat in November and could be a key figure when the teams meet again in a top-of-the-table clash on Sunday.

Second-placed Lille must win to further delay the reigning champions' title party and, speaking to Le Parisien ahead of the encounter, Lille boss Galtier admitted 23-year-old Pepe would be "more than useful" on the other side.

Tuchel joked he would like that to happen as soon as this weekend.

"Yes, he can play for us tomorrow," the German laughed in his media conference on Saturday. "He can play with us for 70 minutes and then [Angel] Di Maria can come on!

"Pepe has a lot of quality with his speed and strength. He's determined around goal and always dangerous.

"I don't know his character and personality, but he's a good player."

PSG will again be without Neymar and Edinson Cavani for the trip to Stade Pierre-Mauroy as the star attackers are afforded more time to find full fitness.

Di Maria, Thilo Kehrer and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, who produced a comical miss in last weekend's draw against Strasbourg, will all be assessed closer to kick-off.

Dani Alves feels Neymar is misunderstood at Paris Saint-Germain, believing the Brazilian star needs the same treatment as Barcelona captain Lionel Messi.

Neymar has won Ligue 1, Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue and Trophee des Champions since his world-record €222million transfer from Barca in 2017.

The 27-year-old forward scored 28 goals in all competitions during his first season, while he managed 20 before suffering a foot injury in January.

Neymar has been linked with a return to LaLiga via Barca's bitter rivals Real Madrid, and PSG team-mate Alves said the Brazil captain should be treated like five-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi.

"Here, everyone has not yet understood Neymar," Alves told RMC Sport. "When the ball is at the feet of this kind of player, there is like the scent of truffles.

"What's going on is like with Messi. Around Messi, there are other players. Here, we did not understand Neymar always gets and needs the ball and he gives you what you don't have. I give him the ball, and he does what he wants.

"Imagine I'm paying for an entrance to see a show. People need to understand, what do they want to see?

"If Messi loses the ball, we run to get it back and give it back to him [To let him] create things.

"People don't change, they get better, they take shots, they have to be smart, but they must not change the way they play, otherwise people will fall asleep. PSG has different players."

Experienced full-back Alves, meanwhile, said Ligue 1 holders PSG should heed his advice in their pursuit of Champions League glory.

PSG suffered a third consecutive last-16 exit in Europe, this time capitulating against Manchester United as they bowed out on away goals following a 3-1 second-leg loss in Paris, having won 2-0 at Old Trafford.

Alves, who has won 34 club titles since moving to Europe in 2002 – including three Champions League titles and six LaLiga crowns – said: "I know how to win.

"When I want to say something I would like to be followed. Not because I'm better than any other but because I've been there.

"When someone has been there maybe it's good to listen to them, to rely on their experience. Maybe it will work, maybe it won't. I would like that when I say something, one would listen more."

The 35-year-old added that head coach Thomas Tuchel is the "best transfer made by the Paris club" since his arrival.

Paris Saint-Germain head coach Thomas Tuchel accepted fault for the 2-2 stalemate against Strasbourg as the Ligue 1 champions were forced to wait to clinch another domestic title.

It was a frustrating night for PSG, who were held to a surprise draw by visiting Strasbourg in Paris on Sunday – a result that delayed the French giants' championship celebrations.

Thilo Kehrer's 82nd-minute equaliser salvaged a draw for PSG after Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting's astonishing miss – the Cameroon forward inexplicably stopping team-mate Christopher Nkunku's chip over goalkeeper Matz Sels on the line with his left foot just as the ball was about to roll into the net.

Reflecting on the match, Tuchel told reporters: "I'm upset because I made a bad decision before the game. With an overly offensive playing structure. It was not possible for us to control the counterattacks during the first half.

"It was very difficult to control the counterattacks. We changed that at half-time. In the second half we controlled the game and played on the other side.

"Strasbourg had no goalscoring opportunities. It's my fault today during the first half of the game. It's a shame because my team is mentally tired because we are still only 14 or 15 players. Always a small group in training.

"It was necessary to protect our players and our game and give rhythm. I didn't do it. It's my fault and I'm offended."

Paris Saint-Germain were made to wait to clinch the Ligue 1 title after they were held to a 2-2 draw by Strasbourg in a game that included an astonishing miss by Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.

Substitute Thilo Kehrer headed in an 82nd-minute equaliser but Strasbourg spoiled the party plans in the French capital, picking up an unexpected point to keep the champions-elect waiting.

After nearest rivals Lille were only able to draw 1-1 at Reims earlier on Sunday, PSG knew three points at the Parc des Princes would see them crowned league winners for a sixth time in seven seasons.

Thomas Tuchel's side appeared on course to get the job done when Choupo-Moting tapped in Colin Dagba's low cross to open the scoring in the 13th minute, but Strasbourg had clearly not read the script.

They equalised through Nuno da Costa - who turned in Lionel Carole's low cross - before Anthony Goncalves put the Coupe de la Ligue winners ahead, smashing in a long-range drive with his right foot.

Kylian Mbappe was summoned from the bench early in the second half by Tuchel but it was another replacement in Kehrer who levelled the score, turning in Julian Draxler's corner from the right.

Thomas Tuchel wants to reinforce Paris Saint-Germain with up to four new signings as the German closes in on his first league title.

PSG will be crowned Ligue 1 champions for the sixth time in seven seasons on Sunday if they beat Strasbourg and Lille do not win at Reims.

Tuchel's men are also through to the Coupe de France final but were dumped out of the Champions League in sensational fashion by Manchester United in the last 16.

The club's desire to make an impression in Europe could prompt another off-season influx, with the failure to land Barcelona-bound Frenkie de Jong and Adrien Rabiot's expected departure highlighting midfield as a likely area for improvement.

"It's hard to say [how many players will arrive] because I don't know what's going to happen with the players here, if everyone wants to stay or some want to leave," Tuchel said.

"Today I will say that three of four more players would be good."

Marco Verratti, who joined from Pescara in 2012, has had a first-hand view of PSG's domestic dominance under Nasser Al-Khelaifi chairmanship and warned against making wholesale changes in the pursuit of continental success.

The 26-year-old Italy international thinks the heart-wrenching loss to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's United at home would have been different had the injured Neymar been available.

“I would not change much within the team to go far in the Champions League. We are close," Verratti said.

"This year was another bizarre match and we made mistakes, but we do not need to change too much.

"We were missing players, notably Neymar. That's like missing half of the team, as would be the case for Barcelona with Lionel Messi, or Juventus with Cristiano Ronaldo."

Gianluigi Buffon, who has not featured since the Champions League exit, will return to the starting XI against Strasbourg at Parc des Princes, but Edinson Cavani, Angel Di Maria, Marquinhos and Neymar all remain sidelined.

"On Sunday I hope to celebrate the title with our supporters," Verratti said.

"It's always a wonderful time to win the league. It's 38 matches, it's very long and difficult."

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