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Invited to speak at a press conference on Monday before the PSG match in Naples in the Champions League (21:00), Thomas Tuchel expressed confidence in his team. Although he is very careful of his opponent.

Thomas Tuchel, why did you choose to practice in Paris and not in Naples?

Friday we played against Lille, there is a possibility of training on Saturday and we decided to give a free day on Sunday. So it was better to train on Monday morning, so we're just here to feel the country.

Xavi gave credit to the physical characteristics of Kilian Mbappe, but he felt that he was not yet mature in football. Do you agree with him?

It's normal to be able to improve it, it's 19 years old. But at his age, he is incredible. He is already one of the best players in the world and he will be the best. Ksavi is right, he needs to improve in all areas.

What should first of all be afraid of Naples?

It's a strong, collective team. The rooms are closed. For several years now playing together, in their game there is a lot of automatism, they are always dangerous in their individual characteristics of the attack. They are very disciplined in defense. That's a big challenge. We are halfway, we want to win a direct conflict with Naples. We have to play at the maximum level, it's clear to me. We are convinced that we played very well in Marseille, with lots of personality and a lot of quality against Lille. We think we're ready.

Tuchel: "We do not doubt it, but it's a big challenge"

Do you have more security or doubt than before the first game?

We do not doubt it, but this is a big challenge. At the first match, 2-2 was a logical result. We can play better, we have to do it. 30 minutes in the first period, we were not at our level. But there is no doubt, we showed a great reaction in Marseille and made the highest match against Lille.

If you had a choice, which player would you remove the Napoli team?

I'm not talking about players from the other team before the match, it would only create a lot of confusion and I do not want it.

Where is the situation with Mark Verratti after his incident last week?

Marco made a mistake, it was a bit difficult during the night. But he was at every training, at the highest level, and made a great game against Lille. He is young, today is 26 years old. It's not professional, but not much and forgotten.

Tuchel: "There is no need of too much risk"

How does the presence of Gianluigi Buffon and Thiago Silva change the game with you?

It is very important that they are with us. Gigi will play here, he knows the stadium, the atmosphere, Naples. His personality is important in the dressing room and he is a real champion, a legend, which helps us a lot. Thiago is our captain. He is a great professional and has a personality that will be needed tomorrow night.

Did he choose Buffon's title for this meeting because of his experience?

We believe in Alphonse. But Gigi can play now in the Champions League. This is a sign of respect for Gigi, we play in Italy against Naples, and it was clear to us that he deserves to play here, that he is not on the bench for this kind of match. I am very proud that they have two guards like Gigi and Alphonse, both are incredible, with exceptional qualities and great personalities. Gigi accepts Alphonse and it is necessary to improve Alphonse, used for this. Alphonse has a lot of respect for Gigi. Their relationship is incredible and that's all that the trainer wants.

Is it possible to set up four offensive players?

We played in two systems against Naples, he was different from Marseille and Lille. It is always possible to play with four, but it is also difficult to lose the structure. It is not necessary to take too much risk, but we will try to win the fight. I want to play self-confidently, aggressively, that's our style.

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