Thomas Tuchel left Borussia Dortmund on dangerous phrases in 2017 and there’s a rising feeling that his relationship with Paris Saint-Germain may very well be heading for a messy divorce too.
The 47-year-old German, whose contract is up on the finish of this season, is in a sticky place after PSG misplaced 2-1 at RB Leipzig on Wednesday to go away them with two defeats out of three within the Champions League group stage.
They’d not misplaced a couple of group sport in any of the eight earlier seasons within the Champions League, a run that began quickly after the takeover of the membership by Qatar Sports activities Investments and the transformation that got here with it.
And whereas Tuchel has led PSG again to the highest of Ligue 1 with seven straight wins since they started the marketing campaign with back-to-back defeats, it’s in Europe the place he’s primarily judged.
Even earlier than the Leipzig sport, he raised eyebrows by suggesting in an interview with Sky Germany that he was unlikely to signal a brand new contract.
“When a coach goes into the ultimate 12 months of his contract and no discussions have taken place after what now we have achieved, we may be open to all potentialities,” Tuchel stated.
“However one should not dream both. We are going to see.”
He refused to develop on these feedback after the Leipzig loss, but it surely has grow to be an open secret that Tuchel doesn’t see eye to eye with Leonardo, PSG’s highly effective sporting director.
Tuchel was not appointed by Leonardo and there’s a sense the Brazilian desires to usher in his personal man, regardless of the present coach having taken Paris to their first ever Champions League last final season on the again of a clear sweep of home trophies.
“For some time I had this naive concept that after profitable 4 titles…and attending to the Champions League last, that the coach wouldn’t be within the firing line for some time,” added Tuchel, who is usually a prickly character.
And so, lower than three months on from that last towards Bayern Munich in Lisbon, Tuchel might even grow to be the primary PSG coach to go away mid-season since Antoine Kombouare was changed by Carlo Ancelotti in December 2011.
This after he was sacked by Dortmund in 2017 having fallen out with the membership’s CEO, Hans-Joachim Watzke, regardless of profitable the German Cup only some days earlier.
For now a win at house to third-place Rennes on Saturday would take a few of the focus off the coach and transfer PSG six factors away from their opponents.
Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are on the sidelines, although, together with a bunch of different key gamers.
Participant to look at: Wissam Ben Yedder
Ben Yedder’s tally of six Ligue 1 objectives has been bettered solely by Mbappe (7) to this point. That’s after he completed stage with Mbappe on 18 objectives on the prime of the scorers chart within the final, curtailed marketing campaign.
The 30-year-old has simply been known as as much as the newest France squad for matches this month and is ready so as to add to his 10 caps.
Earlier than that the ex-Sevilla participant would be the foremost risk for Monaco within the Cote d’Azur derby towards Good, who’re with out defensive talisman Dante after he suffered a critical knee harm.
4 – The variety of factors, out of a doable 27, collected by France’s three representatives — PSG, Marseille and Rennes — midway via this season’s Champions League group stage. The only win to this point got here for PSG towards Istanbul Basaksehir.
3 – PSG have misplaced simply six house league video games within the final eight years, however three of these defeats have come towards Rennes.
56 – Neymar has featured in precisely half of the 112 Ligue 1 video games PSG have performed since signing the Brazilian in 2017. He’s once more sidelined this weekend.
Strasbourg v Marseille (2000)
Bordeaux v Montpellier (1600), Paris Saint-Germain v Rennes (2000)
Brest v Lille (1200), Lens v Reims, Lorient v Nantes, Metz v Dijon, Nimes v Angers (all 1400), Good v Monaco (1600), Lyon v Saint-Etienne (2000)