After defeating Real Madrid 3-0 in their Champions League opener, manager Thomas Tuchel has said Neymar and Mbappe will need to earn their place in his team.
Both players watched the game at the Parc des Princes from the stands on Wednesday with Mbappe out injured and Neymar serving the first of his two-game suspension.
With Cavani also out, Tuchel’s team still turned up without their stars as Angel Di Maria demolished his former team with a brace while Thomas Meunier scored a third.
The coach has now said all returning stars must do better than the players he is using currently to reclaim their spot.
His words, “I’m very happy with the whole team because it was really difficult, we had a lot of chances, but there were also some stages for Real where we suffered,”
“But we stayed structured, always blocked, tight, aggressive and compact, really, it was a complete performance.
“Mbappe and Neymar saw the match, and they have to do what the others did on their return.
“That’s good, we are happy to have such a team, which was not always the case. We can make a good team match without our stars, and it’s absolutely necessary. I have to make tough decisions, but it’s good, the competition must be like that in a club like PSG.”
Meunier also said, “My goal was the icing on the cake. I prefer to look at the collective benefit,”
“There was a very good team and despite the absence of our three stars, we played as a team. We were very good, like a real block, and offensively we had a lot of opportunities and not against any team, it was Real, even if they are still heating up.
“We never made it easy and they had very few opportunities.”