Mbappe & Di Maria 'have the qualities' of a great forward pair – Tuchel

The French forward’s combination with the Argentine was praised by their manager ahead of Saturday’s league match

Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel is pleased with the partnership developing between Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria. 

The Ligue 1 giants have managed to maintain their form despite being without injured duo Neymar and Edinson Cavani. 

PSG has won five straight games in all competitions, scoring 12 goals and conceding just one ahead of hosting Nimes on Saturday. 

Both players were on target in the club’s 5-1 win over Montpellier on Wednesday, Di Maria scoring a stunning free kick and Mbappe using a piece of good fortune to net his 20th league goal of the season having played just 19 matches.  

Tuchel is satisfied with how his side is functioning without their two star forwards, particularly Mbappe’s combination with Di Maria. 

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“[Di Maria] is playing as a second striker with Kylian, which is great because he has the qualities alongside Kylian to be the finisher. I really like that,” he told a news conference.

“Those are the best players to score goals. Not for the build-up but for the finish.

“Angel and Kylian have the qualities for it, they have composure and are hungry for goals. They have the technical abilities under pressure. That’s great.”

PSG is 14 points clear atop Ligue 1 and have played two fewer games than second-placed Lille.

The club are also in good shape in the Champions League, where they hold a 2-0 advantage over Manchester United after the first leg of their last-16 tie. 

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