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Marquinhos backs Thomas Tuchel after defeat to Leipzig

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PSG star Marquinhos has jumped in defense of under-fire manager Thomas Tuchel after his side fell to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Leipzig.

PSG midfielder Marquinhos has offered his backing of under-pressure manager Thomas Tuchel after their side fell 2-1 to RB Leipzig in the Champions League.

The Ligue 1 champions took an early lead at Red Bull Arena through Angel Di Maria, but the Argentine would later miss a chance to add a second from the penalty spot.

That miss would prove costly as goals from Christopher Nkunku and Emil Forsberg clinched a win in Wednesday’s match for Leipzig.

Marquinhos is well aware of the implications of that result and has called for fans to be ‘patient’.

The defeat leaves PSG with just three points from their first three Group H matches, with Tuchel’s side in danger of failing to qualify from a group that also includes Manchester United and Istanbul Basaksehir.

PSG bounced from two opening Ligue 1 defeats to record seven wins on the bounce. Thomas Tuchel has been under fire since the start of the season and defeat to Manchester United did not help matters. Their latest defeat to Leipzig is of even more concern for the German manager.

Marquinhos has called on fans to remember Tuchel and his heroics from last season.

“Of course [we support him],” the Brazilian said as quoted by the Daily Mail. “We know how football is. It is the coach who has had the best season in club history. Football has no patience.

“We need to focus on real things. Today he is our coach at PSG, we have confidence in him. If things aren’t going well it’s not just the coach’s fault, the players can do things better too.

“When you’re on the pitch you have to fight to win, no matter how you play, good or bad.”

There are three games left before the group stage concludes and Marquinhos says PSG must make the best out of them.

“We have three more games, we have to stay positive,” he continued.

“In the locker room, we have to continue to improve. This competition is very difficult, we have to increase our level of play if we want to go far.

“It is between us that we will work for the next three games.”