Thomas Tuchel singles out one player in quarter-final CL win

Thomas Tuchel dedicated quarter-final Porto win to Mateo Kovacic.

The Croatian midfielder was expected to start against Porto in the second-leg tie but was left out with a hamstring issue.

He is also set to miss out on the sem-final FA Cup clash against Manchester City this weekend.

Tuchel felt very sad for Kovavic after he was left out of the squad and dedicated the win to the former Real Madrid man.

‘Unfortunately yes I was very sad yesterday to see him after twenty minutes in training to have this little muscle injury more or less out of nothing,’ said Tuchel.

‘We played little boxes after training just to have a little sweat and he felt his hamstring. So he is for sure out of the game gainst City as well which is a big loss.

‘I was very sad for him because we don’t have so many experienced players that have played Champions League many times so if you see him when the anthem is playing and he stands there that he’s relaxed and he’s a hard fighter – everyone is happy to have him around. So we did it for him today. ‘


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