Five days after the earthquake, revealed by the press, Paris SG formalized with a brief press release the departure of its trainer since July 2018, the German Thomas Tuchel. The capital club, however, did not give any indication about his successor, who should be the Argentinian Mauricio Pochettino.
« After an in-depth analysis of his sporting situation, Paris Saint-Germain decided to terminate Thomas Tuchel’s contract. », Said the reigning French champion and vice-champion of Europe 2020, without giving more details.
Club press release
– Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside) December 29, 2020
After a reminder of his record since arriving in Paris – 95 wins, 12 draws and 20 defeats in all competitions, a Champions League final (2020), two French league titles (2019, 2020), a Coupe de France (2020), a League Cup (2020) and two Champions Trophies (2018, 2019) – PSG gave the floor to its president Nasser Al-Khelaïfi to greet, without effusion, the passage of the German technician.
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« I would like to thank Thomas Tuchel and his staff for everything they have brought to the club. Thomas has put a lot of energy and passion into his work, and of course we will remember the good times we shared together. I wish him the best for his future “, Said the boss of PSG.
It is an understatement to say that the departure of Tuchel, announced on December 24 in France by The team and RMC and in Germany by the daily picture, surprised, since his players had just beaten Strasbourg comfortably (4-0) a few hours earlier in the last L1 match before the winter break.
Mbappé: “I say thank you”
The former Mainz and Dortmund coach, whose contract expired next June, paid the price for his continued disagreement with PSG sporting director Leonardo and statements in which he criticized his club’s recruitment policy in particular , yet one of the most active and spenders in Europe.
He will remain above all the one who led Paris SG, last August, until the first Champions League final in its history, lost 1 to 0 against Bayern Munich. One of his major players, Kylian Mbappé, had somehow “formalized” his departure by paying tribute to him on social networks a few days ago: ” It is unfortunately the law of football but no one will forget your passage here. You wrote a beautiful line of club history and I say thank you ”He wrote on Instagram.
Resumed on January 3 … with Pochettino?
According to the German press, Thomas Tuchel should receive six million euros in severance pay and could bounce back quickly in England. His successor should be appointed quickly, since the resumption of training at Paris SG is scheduled for Sunday January 3.
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It would be Mauricio Pochettino, 48, former player of the Parisian club (2001-2003), who notably led Tottenham to the Champions League final in 2019, before being fired a few months later.