'Mbappe can't play every game' - Tuchel reacts to PSG selection criticism

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The French giants left out their star men against Strasbourg as their attempt to seal the Ligue 1 title was foiled at Parc des Princes

Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel said he had to rest his star men as Strasbourg stopped his team from sealing the Ligue 1 title on Sunday.

Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Angel Di Maria were left out, with Kylian Mbappe named on the bench as a 2-2 draw kept the league crown out of PSG's hands for now.

Tuchel sent on Mbappe after an hour of the game at Parc des Princes in a bid to grab victory.

But an astonishing late miss from Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting following Thilo Kehrer's equaliser denied them victory.

Tuchel reacted tetchily when asked on Canal+ about not starting with Mbappe, saying: "I make a mistake and I am asked if I regret not having started Kylian. I explained it twice, three times, 100 times before the match."

Speaking to L'Equipe, he said: "I don't like playing without Neymar, Edi, Di Maria, all the players who can make a difference.

"But it was necessary. Kylian felt something in his muscles over the last three games. It's not always possible to play him."

Of Choupo-Moting's miss, when he stopped Christopher Nkunku's trickling shot on the line as he tried to get the final touch, Tuchel added: "I think he's lacking confidence. He's not here to start every game but he is at the moment because we have a lot of injuries.

"It's not his role. He's a great substitute."

Choupo-Moting attempted to brush off the incident which came as he tried to claim his second goal of the night.

"We are a team, a family and a team," he said. "They know I did not do it on purpose."

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Of the whistles from the home crowd, he added: "No, it does not affect me. I did not pay attention.

"It is normal that there are people who are disappointed. I always give everything.

"I was happy to score the first goal. But, unfortunately, there are actions like that. Those who know football know that it happens."

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