Thomas Tuchel sacked, the Parisian locker room learned the news on the night of Wednesday to Thursday. With various reactions.
Something was wrong behind the scenes at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday evening, despite the great victory over Strasbourg (4-0). Julian Draxler had noted it well. And for good reason. In the wake of this match and the media obligations of the coach, Thomas Tuchel learned from the mouth of the sporting director Leonardo his ousting from the bench of the PSG. A real chopper that the first team did not see coming.
According to Le Parisien, “several including those of the council of wise men (the Marquinhos, Presnel Kimpembe, Keylor Navas, Kylian Mbappé and Marco Verratti, editor’s note), received direct calls from the leaders to warn them of the decision”. There followed, according to an internal source, the lively exchanges on the WhatsApp group of the workforce. Between lines of humor for the most detached and obvious disappointment for some.
A coach renowned for his high standards
Among the players most disconcerted by this announcement, Neymar – undoubtedly the executive closest to Tuchel – with a clearly expressed incomprehension to his teammates, and certainly to his leaders. L’Equipe reported this Friday that the timing chosen by the Parisian staff for this break challenges the locker room. All sensibilities combined. Not to mention the prospect of seeing a Mauricio Pochettino landing whose reputation is well established.
The Argentinian technician is known for his rigor and his appetite for effort, especially through heavy and muscular training sessions. The Parisians are already aware that they will be put to the test with the former coach of Tottenham, who demands a lot from his players in terms of tactics. The 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 he likes promises to make the rest unhappy on the offensive. At this time, concern therefore takes precedence over excitement in the ranks of PSG.
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