“I think Di Maria has lost a few things” – PSG boss Tuchel defends Argentina’s exclusion

The Argentine was overlooked for the starting XI in favor of Moise Kean, who scored his side’s second goal against Lorient on Wednesday

Thomas Tuchel urged Angel Di Maria to rediscover his best form and regain a place in Paris Saint-Germain from XI after being left out on Wednesday.

PSG found little resistance at Parc des Princes as they overtook Lorient in a 2-0 Ligue 1 win.

Kylian Mbappe scored the first goal from the penalty spot shortly after the break, before Moise Kean secured victory nine minutes later with his team’s second goal.

Kean was selected ahead of Di Maria to replace Neymar in the hosts’ attack. The Argentine was limited to just 20 minutes from the bench, PSG already had two goals in front of them.

And Tuchel admits the striker struggled to do his best in the last few games.

“I have a feeling that Angel lost some things that were easy for him before, but it is,” the coach told reporters after the final whistle.

“We changed the structure in the last few minutes against Leipzig, in Manchester, against Basaksehir here and in Montpellier.

“We were a little stronger in this structure, at 5-3-2. It’s a little easier for Rafinha in this position, he’s more crucial in midfield. But it’s a decision of the moment. I’ll never leave.” stop believing in Angel.

“It’s in my head, it’s in my heart, even if it’s less easy at the moment. He tried again today, but he lacks the click. It’s harder, but it doesn’t matter.”

Tuchel refused to confirm whether Neymar, who was carried away by Thiago Mendes over the weekend against Lyon after a heavy blow to the ankle, would fight again for PSG’s next Ligue 1 game against Lille.

“I can’t say if he will be there but we will do anything,” he added.

The German also made it clear that Marco Verratti’s absence from the starting XI was due to the midfielder’s previous efforts: “It’s clear we use him too often and we decided to let him rest tonight. We saw against Lyon that it is for focus and energy. ” wasn’t easy for him in the last game.

“That’s why we decided to start with Ander Herrera, Gana Gueye and Rafinha.”