Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Areola in pole position of being PSG No 1 this season ahead of Buffon - Thomas Tuchel

In few weeks there have been questions on who will be PSG number one goalkeeper this season.

PSG head coach Thomas Tuchel has now clear the air on the situation by revealing Alphonse Areola is in pole position of starting every game ahead of Gianluigi Buffon who joined the club during the summer transfer window from Juventus as a free agent.

Though Buffon started PSG's first three games of the season and was impressive, Areola, however, started their last three games and Tuchel is likely to stick with the Academy graduate.

Speaking with RMC Sports, Tuchel addresses the situation and reveals the two player understands the situation.

'Yes I chose. The decision is not final but I told Alphonse that he was in my opinion in pole position to be number 1,' Tuchel said

'He comes from the academy. PSG is everything for him. And he absolutely wants to prove himself to PSG. This is a situation that must be respected and capitalized on. We must be proud to have players of this nature, we need this type of players who have the soul of PSG, who embody the club.'

'We have a different situation with Gianluigi Buffon, a legend, an idol of Alphonse who is at his side. Both players have very strong personalities. We will have to fine-tune things. Gigi knows it, Alphonse knows it, if you get there, in this configuration, to be smart and generous with both, I'm sure we'll be rewarded. And I'm sure that Alphonse will not be good despite Gigi but thanks to Gigi.'

'Gigi is not just a player on the bench. On a daily basis, he is a player who has a very big influence on the team, he played brilliantly against Guingamp for example, he saved us in the second half, he is on the bench because Alphonse needs to take minutes,' Tuchel added

'Gigi would have the right to cross his arms on the bench and watch but he does not support it! it's frenetic! He is present, he communicates with the players, tries to help me...and you understand why he is at the top and has such a career.'

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