Thomas Tuchel has played down his clash with Leipzig fitness coach Daniel Behlau after Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League semi-final victory but admits he ‘didn’t like’ another member of staff getting involved as he complained to Julian Nagelsmann about the number of fouls in the match.
The Ligue 1 champions brushed their German opposition aside with a comprehensive 3-0 victory at Benfica’s Estadio da Luz to secure a place in the final for the first time in their history.
Angel Di Maria had a hand in both first-half goals as Marquinhos headed home his inviting 13th-minute free-kick to open the scoring before he fired in from close range to send PSG into the break with a healthy lead.
Neymar and Kylian Mbappe terrorised Leipzig’s tiring defenders as the game wore on and the pressure soon told as Juan Bernat nodded past Peter Gulacsi to put the icing on the cake for the French giants with more than 30 minutes remaining.
While Tuchel will be delighted to have secured a place in the final in only his second season with PSG, there were some unsavoury scenes shortly after the final whistle as the German was seen clashing with Leipzig fitness coach Behlau.
The former Borussia Dortmund manager was clearly enraged as he pointed his finger in Behlau’s direction and the pair exchanged words before going their separate ways.
‘It was between me and Julian,’ Tuchel explained.
‘That is okay between two head coaches but then a third person interfered.
‘I didn’t like that but it has since been sorted out.’
Nagelsmann said Tuchel had every right to be upset after his fellow countryman confronted him about the number of fouls Leipzig committed in Lisbon.
‘We fouled a lot, you can see that statistically,’ the Leipzig head coach said.
‘That wasn’t planned, we just often came too late into challenges.
‘He complained because he wanted to protect his players. That’s all normal.
‘I think we had 34 fouls at the end of the day so you can say something.’
Tuchel will no doubt be watching on with interest as underdogs Lyon take on Bayern Munich this evening for a shot at glory against PSG.
This year’s final takes place at Benfica’s Estadio da Luz – where PSG beat Leipzig – on Sunday night.
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