Gianluigi Buffon has warned his Paris Saint-Germain teammates they will need a better mentality and attitude if they are to beat Manchester United in the UCL on Tuesday night. United were huge outsiders when the draw was made last year due to their poor form, but a change of manager and a run of 11 games unbeaten for Man United and Injuries to key players for PSG now means Solskjaer’s side now go in to the game as slight favourites.
While United recorded a convincing 3-0 win against Fulham at the weekend Thomas Tuchel’s side earned a narrow 1-0 win over Bordeaux on Saturday and Buffon has warned his teammates they must improve ahead of the last 16 first leg clash at Old Trafford.
“I appreciated the victory but I did not like the match,” Buffon said after the game. “We have to improve mentally and in our attitude, to have more of a spirit of sacrifice for the team.
“On Tuesday we have a very important match and we will have to do better. I believe we have to get better in everything because we will play against a team and in a stadium which will oblige us to be more solid and have a different attitude.”
PSG lost in Ligue 1 for the first time this season when they were beaten by Lyon on 3 February, and then needed extra-time to defeat third-tier Villefranche in the Coupe de France in the following game. Tuchel also finds himself in the midst of an injury crisis with Neymar ruled out along with right back Thomas Meunier. Edinson Cavani, who scored PSG’s only goal from the penalty spot on Saturday, is also a big doubt after coming off injured in the win. Tuchel will face the media on Monday evening and will be able to give an update on his players’ availability.