Following Paris Saint-Germain's 3-0 trouncing of Real Madrid on Wednesday, Thomas Tuchel informed the press in a post-match conference that the absence of three players, including Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani, could have been the reason his team won the match comfortably.
"Maybe the absence of Cavani, Neymar and Mbappe helped the team," he said at the post-match press conference. "Maybe the pressure was less, because everybody was wondering how we could win without those three players."
"It can help because we weren't favourites without Neymar, Mbappe and Cavani. It could have taken some of the pressure off the players," Tuchel concluded.
Tuchel believed the influence of the missing players may have done the rest of the players on his squad a major favour, relaxing the expectations and allowing them to play with a bit more freedom against 13 times UEFA Champions League winners.
One of the trio, Neymar Jr, was serving the first match of a two-game suspension he received for his utterance against the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), when he awarded a penalty to Manchester United. Neymar was nursing a major injury and missed out on the quarter-final tie with Manchester United, as his side fell to the penalty awarded by the VAR.
Meanwhile, Mbappe and Cavani both missed out through their respective injuries, as the French side got their Champions League campaign off to a great start at the Parc De Princes.