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Tuchel heaps praise of PSG players after Ligue 1 triumph

Tuchel had previously been displeased with PSG's recent performances. Credit: PA

Coach Thomas Tuchel and chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi have paid tribute to Paris Saint Germain after their Ligue 1 title win.

Kylian Mbappe scored a hat-trick as PSG celebrated winning the Championship with a 3-1 victory against Monaco at the Parc des Princes.

After failing to regain their crown in the past three matches, drawing one and losing two, PSG's sixth title in the last seven seasons and the eighth in the club's history was confirmed prior to Sunday night's game after Lille's goalless draw at Toulouse earlier in the day.

"I am delighted to see my team win the French Championship, one of the most prestigious in Europe," Tuchel told the club's official website.

"Celebrating this title in front of our home crowd makes it extra special, and it's a wonderful feeling to share with our supporters."

Mbappe punished his former club with three goals and the 20-year-old also saw a shot come back off a post, while Monaco saw several chances go to waste before Aleksandr Golovin finally found the back of the net for Monaco with 10 minutes remaining.

Only St Etienne (10) and Marseille (9) have won more Ligue 1 titles now than PSG, whose eighth championship puts them level with Nantes and Monaco.

"We're always so happy and proud to win a title as prestigious as the French Championship," Al-Khelaifi told the club's official website.

"Ligue 1 is the flagship competition here in France, a country at the very top of world football since last summer.

"That alone shows the huge importance we will always give to trophies won here in this great football nation. I congratulate my players, the coach, the staff and everyone at the club who work so hard behind the scenes.

"Furthermore I would like to especially thank the supporters for their loyalty and unrivalled dedication. Their passion for the club is extremely important for us."



Man Utd down to the bare bones for PSG clash

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Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez were among 10 first-team absentees as Manchester United travelled to Paris St Germain looking to upset the odds on Wednesday night.

Already faced with a mountain to climb after losing the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash, Pogba misses the return fixture at the Parc des Princes because of his late dismissal at Old Trafford three weeks ago.

Sanchez, meanwhile, was forced off midway through Saturday's 3-2 victory over Southampton and was seen limping away from United's stadium seemingly wearing strapping on his right leg.

The Chilean joins a lengthy injury list including Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Ander Herrera.

Nemanja Matic, Matteo Darmian, Phil Jones and Antonio Valencia have also missed recent games and were not among the 20-man squad that travelled to the French capital.

Eight members who have represented the club's academy - Tahith Chong, James Garner, Angel Gomes, Mason Greenwood, Scott McTominay, Andreas Pereira, Marcus Rashford and Brandon Williams - have been included in the group.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to address the media on Tuesday afternoon on arrival at the Parc des Princes, where United will be looking to overturn a 2-0 deficit.

Unbeaten on the domestic front since the 1999 treble hero took caretaker charge in December, the only blot on the interim manager's copybook is last month's defeat to the perennial Ligue 1 champions.

Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe did the damage and those away goals mean United are available at 18-1 with bookmakers to progress to the quarter-finals.

PSG's Neymar heading back to Brazil for treatment

Neymar suffered the injury back in November and has struggled with his rehab. Credit: PA

Neymar will travel to Brazil to continue treatment on his foot injury, Paris St Germain have announced.

The Brazilian star injured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot during PSG's Coupe de France clash with Strasbourg last month and was ruled out for around seven weeks.

Neymar, who has received treatment in Paris and Barcelona, will head to Brazil on Thursday for a 10-day trip under the supervision of the club's medical department.

A statement on the club's website concluded: "Paris St Germain again shows its full support for Neymar Jr and the determination he has shown since the beginning of his recovery."

Manchester United and Paris St Germain charged by Uefa

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Manchester United and Paris St Germain have been charged by Uefa following Tuesday night's Champions League clash between the clubs at Old Trafford.

United have been charged with throwing objects and blocking stairways, PSG with throwing objects, setting off fireworks, acts of damage and crowd disturbance.

A beer bottle was thrown from the crowd towards PSG's former United winger Angel Di Maria in the second half of the last-16 first leg, with the Argentinian responding by picking it up and seemingly pretending to take a swig from it.

It has been reported that a bottle of water was subsequently thrown Di Maria's way as well, and an item landed at the feet of United full-back Luke Shaw in the first half of the game, which the visitors won 2-0.

The case will be dealt with by the Uefa Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on February 28.

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