The beautiful victory of PSG on Wednesday against Strasbourg (4-0) was obscured by the comments made by Thomas Tuchel during an interview with German television.
The PSG ended 2020 on a high note. Enjoying the visit of Strasbourg on the occasion of the 17th day of Ligue 1, the capital club has indeed signed a resounding success, winning 4-0 despite the ten absences. But the Parisian evening was also marked by a controversy, that caused by the statements of Thomas Tuchel on German television on his Parisian experience.
” In all honesty, during the first six months I said to myself: ‘am I still a coach or am I a sports politician, a sports minister? Where is my role as a coach in such a club now? “, He thus launched at the microphone of Sport1, adding: “I don’t know if I still have to go higher, higher, higher. I just love football. And in a club like this, it’s not always just football. “
Deceived by the journalist
Managing the egos of Parisian players, Neymar and Kylian Mbappé in mind, does not seem easy. “Sometimes it’s very easy, sometimes a big challenge, because a club like PSG has many influences that go far beyond the concentrated interests of the team”, he indeed chained. The picture drawn up by the former coach of Mainz is gloomy to say the least. There are nevertheless some glimmers. “But when you hear the Champions League anthem, when you see things in training that inspire you because there is so much quality, then of course you get a little addicted”, he also admitted.
Words to which the German technician was asked to react at the end of the meeting. And after having explained to the microphone of Canal + that he had never made such statements, he changed his tune at a press conference. ” At first I must say I gave a video interview with a journalist who said he was doing something for German coaches “, He assured, adding, quite annoyed:” I did not give my permission for this. It was a joke in German, the translation is not correct. You can’t explain that by translating word for word. It was a joke. It’s not allowed (to do that, editor’s note) and that’s not how it goes. “
PSG, a small 4-0 to finish
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