Paris Saint-Germain fired coach Thomas Tuchel on Tuesday, paving the way for Mauricio Pochettino’s expected work. Confirming Tuchel’s dismissal – just four months after he led PSG to the Champions League final – reports came in the days after the German would be replaced by former Tottenham coach Pochettino. However, PSG did not immediately announce the new hiring.
“I would like to thank Thomas Tuchel and his staff for bringing him to the club,” said PSG President Nasir al-Khealifi. “Thomas has put a lot of energy and passion into his work, and will certainly remember the good times we shared together.”
PSG beat Strasbourg 4–0 on Wednesday but Tuchel was questioned after the game about comments made for German broadcaster TERS 1. The German coach allegedly claimed that PSG’s management was more important to being a politician or sports minister, such was the level of difficulty, and that it was recognized enough to lead the club to its first Champions League final. Not found
In Tuchel’s first season, PSG opened with 14 straight league wins, but failed to retain both their home cup trophies and lost a string of league games near the end. It was also eliminated in the round of 16 from the Champions League. Last season, Tuchel bounced back to PSG in a home treble and a 1–0 loss to bouncer Munich in the Champions League final.
Tuchel’s side struggled at times with four league defeats this season. It lost two of the first three matches in the Champions League, although PSG topped their group to advance to the knockout stage.
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