Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel claims his side cannot be expected to go on another run to the Champions League final unless new signings are made before Monday’s transfer deadline.
“We will do everything we possibly can and we will never accept excuses but we have to face up to the reality and that is that we have lost players,” Tuchel told reporters ahead of PSG’s Ligue 1 meeting with Angers on Friday.
PSG won every domestic trophy available in France last season before going on to reach the Champions League final for the first time, losing narrowly to Bayern Munich in Lisbon in August.
However, since the end of last season they have seen captain Thiago Silva, Edinson Cavani, right-back Thomas Meunier, striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and defensive starlet Tanguy Kouassi depart, amongst others.
Apart from making Mauro Icardi’s loan move from Inter Milan into a permanent transfer, the only new arrival is right-back Alessandro Florenzi, recruited on loan from Roma. (Guardian)