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Liverpool are one of the Champions League favourites – Tuchel

12:03 GMT+3 17/09/2018
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The former Dortmund coach has discussed the challenge that awaits his side on Tuesday, and what PSG have lacked in the past

Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel has warned his players ahead of their Tuesday trip to Liverpool that the Reds are one of the favourites to win the Champions League.

Jurgen Klopp’s men fell in last season’s final against Real Madrid, and the former Borussia Dortmund boss believes that they have the potential to go all the way this season.

However, he did suggest that the Spanish club have shown PSG the way in which the Anfield outfit, who have won all of their five competitive matches so far this season, can be beaten.

“There are many favourites and Liverpool are one,” Tuchel said when speaking to L’Equipe about the competition. 

“In football, and for me sometimes it’s difficult, we have to understand that there are things that can’t be explained. Things that happen. One day, you can have your great win and it allows you to gather momentum. That’s the time you have to be most concentrated and not make a mistake. Real Madrid have shown us how it’s done.”

Tuchel also spoke about what he wants to change in order to lead PSG to their first European title.

“It’s very important to have experience in this kind of environment, to have done it,” he said. And PSG miss that, it’s clear. When you don’t have it, you’re maybe more of a challenger than a favourite. We have to change our mentality.

“Of course, PSG have great players, so it’s not really the same challenge as it would be with a team like Dortmund. But in the Champions league, you face teams with a great deal of success in this type of trial and we, we must go step by step.”

Beaten by Barcelona and Real Madrid in the last-16 stage in each of the last two years, the new boss does not believe it will take a big shift in fortunes to allow PSG to progress deeper into the competition, but he did note the fine lines that can be decisive.

“It was the conviction of Real,” he said when considering why Zinedine Zidane’s side beat PSG 5-2 on aggregate last season.

“They have experience in these games and they know that in the end they will win these matches.

“Look at the first match against Real. PSG deserved to win, were close to doing so, but in the end conceded three goals.

“I watched the return leg with my staff. You felt that PSG were not totally convinced that they could comeback, contrary to the players of Real.”

PSG have been placed in Group C, alongside Liverpool, Napoli and Red Star Belgrade.