Paris Saint-Germain head coach Thomas Tuchel has heaped praise on his players after their 3-0 win against third placed Rennes at the Parc des Princes.
The Ligue 1 champions were without a raft of players for the game with Kylian Mpabbe, Marco Verratti, Mauro Icardi and Neymar all missing due to injury.
Paris Saint-Germain came into the game having lost their Champions League tie against RB Leipzig in midweek but two goals from Angel Di Maria and a goal from Moise Kean made sure they ran out as comfortable winners in the Ligue 1 clash.
After the game Tuchel said of Di Maria who missed a crucial penalty in midweek. “Angel likes to play a lot to get his rhythm,” the former Dortmund boss said. “He was suspended for four games and it was very difficult for him – and serious for us.
“After his missed penalty in Leipzig, which was a key moment, he was very sad. Today, he took his responsibilities and gave a good response. That’s sport. There will be difficult and sad moments, but you must get up. He did that and I’m very happy.”
He also reserved special praise for Ander Herrera who created a goal for Di Maria and was important throughout the match.
“Ander was dead before the match,” Tuchel said. “He died in the dressing room tonight. What he did was exceptional. The same for Leandro Paredes.
“We took risks. At the start, we hoped he would play an hour but it was necessary for him to play the whole of the match. We played a really good Rennes teams but we showed a good mentality and a collective effort. It was a great win.”
Paris Saint-Germain have now won their last eight matches in Ligue 1 after losing their first two and currently sit top of the league with 24 points from ten games. They return from international break to with a trip to Monaco.