PSG sack Thomas Tuchel as manager suffers sudden axe before Christmas

Don’t wait 30 years – sign up for our daily football email newsletter today!

PSG have reportedly sacked Thomas Tuchel as the club sit third in Ligue 1.

The German boss led the club to the Champions League final last season but they slipped to a narrow defeat at the hands of Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.

The Parisians have had a tricky start to the new league season winning only 11 of their opening 17 matches – leaving them behind both Lyon and Lille.

Tuchel was handed the job after failing to topple Bayern with Borussia Dortmund, and went on to win back-to-back league titles as well as two domestic cups.

German outlet Bild reported the news of Tuchel's departure on Thursday, stating that the 47-year-old has left the club the day before Christmas.

The news came as a shock to many following their comprehensive 4-0 win over Strasbourg yesterday, during which Timothee Pembele, Kylian Mbappe, Idriss Gueye and Moise Kean were all on target.

That win came after a draw with Lille, having secured progression into the Champions League knockout rounds at the expense of Manchester United at the start of the month.

Tuchel said after their 4-0 win: "We made a lot of changes and we had a lot of injuries. I saw a great performance and everyone was focused and disciplined. It was a great win to end the year on.

"We played very fluidly, very quickly and simply. We stayed together both in attack and when we needed to defend. We showed a lot of quality and hard work.

"We managed to stay patient and it was tough against a Strasbourg side that defended very deep in a 5-3-2.

“It was tough to find moments to speed the play up. We made a few changes but we got into a rhythm really quickly and I'm delighted with the performance.”

Tuchel was this week forced to address a controversial comment, which he claims was misconstrued.

After being quoted as saying that he felt more like "a sports politician or sports minister than a coach”, he said in response to Canal+: "I didn't say it's more about politics than sport, nor that I lost the fun of training.

“This is not true. It is possible they translated incorrectly.

"Watch the video interview. I just said that PSG are unique and that it's a big challenge for me. It's always been like that. I like this challenge and nothing has changed."

  • PSG FC
  • Ligue 1
  • Champions League

Source: Read Full Article