Paris Saint-Germain’s pre-season hasn’t been great over in Asia.
The Ligue 1 champions have lost both games in Singapore against Bayern Munich and Arsenal, conceding eight goals in total and only managing to score twice.
However, new boss Thomas Tuchel hasn’t exactly had many of his big players to pick from during pre-season.
The majority of his stars are still on their holidays due to the World Cup, Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Thiago Silva and Edinson Cavani among those missing.
And the team that he put out in the 5-1 loss to Arsenal was certainly scraping the barrel.
Lassana Diarra, Loic Mbe Soh, Kevin Rimane, Stanley N’Soki and Alec Georgen lined in a makeshift back five, with Antoine Bernede in midfield.
Not exactly household names.
However, the young attacking duo of Christopher Nkunku and Timothy Weah were pretty impressive.
The only real big names that featured were Gianluigi Buffon, Adrien Rabiot and Giovani Lo Celso.
And as such, Tuchel was asked in his post-match press conference about the absence of most of his senior squad.
His answer was unnecessarily brutal.
When asked whether Arsenal had an advantage, Tuchel said: “Yes -clearly. I think they are playing in the Europa League this season, right?”
Ouch, not really necessary from Tuchel.
The Arsenal team can only really play what is in front of them, with Unai Emery lucky to have his big names already available during pre-season.
Should he have put out a team of similar quality and rested the likes of Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang? Certainly not.
The French side have one last pre-season game left against Atletico Madrid and they will likely have to field a team of similar quality.
Arsenal meet bitter rivals Chelsea on Wednesday evening, before their Premier League opener against Manchester City.