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Dec 4, 2018 at 12am UK at ​Stade de la Meinau (Strasbourg)
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Tuchel admits PSG not at best after being held to draw by Strasbourg

Tuchel admits PSG not at best after being held to draw by Strasbourg
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Edinson Cavani rescued a point for his side with a second half penalty.

Paris St Germain boss Thomas Tuchel admitted his side were not at their best after being held 1-1 at Ligue 1 rivals Strasbourg.

Edinson Cavani rescued a point for PSG with a second half penalty after Kenny Lala's spot kick before the break had given Strasbourg a surprise lead.

PSG extended their unbeaten league start to 16 games this season, but they have been held in back-to-back Ligue 1 games since beating Liverpool in the Champions League.

"I cannot expect from my players the same state of mind as against Liverpool," Tuchel said in his post-match interview.

"We showed a good spirit in Bordeaux (on Sunday) and today we attacked and defended together."

PSG had spurned a host of chances before Strasbourg took the lead through Lala's 40th minute penalty.

Defender Thilo Kehrer was adjudged to have handled and after the incident was referred to the video assistant referee, Lala converted into the bottom corner.

PSG went in search of the equaliser in the second half, but met with stubborn resistance before Cavani hauled the visitors level with his 10th league goal of the season after Lala's foul on Kylian Mbappe.

"Strasbourg knows how to defend en bloc by playing with a lot of quality and with the help of the fans," Tuchel added.

"We knew Strasbourg would defend very low. They play very hard at home with a great atmosphere in the stadium and our decision-making was too slow."

PSG now have five days to prepare for their next match, a Champions League tie against Red Star in Belgrade on Tuesday.

Strasbourg boss Thierry Laurey said he was proud of his players, but was already looking forward to this weekend's home league game against Caen.

"I congratulate my boys, I'm very proud of them," Laurey said. "We need to continue like this, we have a very important match against Caen on Sunday.

"On commitment, rigour, investment – I have nothing to reproach my players. I'm very happy to have taken a point. PSG came with a team that had largely the potential to beat us."


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Paris Saint-GermainPSG16142049103944
2Lille1794425151031
3Montpellier HSCMontpellier1685324121229
4Lyon168442620628
5Marseille168262925426
6Saint-EtienneSt Etienne167542421326
7Nice167451214-225
8StrasbourgStrasbourg175842721623
9Nimes166552421323
10Rennes176562325-223
11Reims175751115-422
12Bordeaux165651919021
13NantesNantes165562424020
14Angers164661921-218
15Toulouse164661424-1018
16Dijon174491628-1216
17AmiensAmiens1751111630-1416
18Caen172871522-714
19MonacoMonaco163491624-813
20GuingampGuingamp1715111234-228

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