PSG Unveils Thomas Tuchel as New Coach

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Tuchel takes over at PSG from Emery (PSG)
(WFI) At PSG it is not about accumulating as many domestic titles as possible anymore. It is rather about lifting the Champions League trophy.

Germany’s Thomas Tuchel approaches his role as the new coach of Paris Saint-Germain knowing that his performance in the City of Lights is going to be measured solely on how far he is capable of taking the French Champions in Europe’s elite tournament.

Tuchel was unveiled on Monday in Paris after signing a two-year deal with the Qatar-owned club. The 44-year-old former Borussia Dortmund coach replaces Unai Emery, who will leave PSG this weekend after the final game of the French season

"It is with much joy, pride and ambition that I am joining this big club," said Tuchel in a statement released by PSG.

"I can't wait to start working with all these great players who are all amongst the best in the world."

PSG had decided to replace Emery in March after the team’s elimination this year once again in the round of 16 of the Champions League.

The French side's defeat in both games of its tie against Real Madrid by an aggregate 5-2 score added to the humiliating loss a year earlier against Barcelona at the same stage of the Champions League. Against the Catalans, Emery’s side was incapable of defending a 4-0 advantage from the tie’s first game and ended up conceding a 6-1 loss in Spain that allowed Barcelona to enjoy the biggest comeback in the history of the competition.

Emery leaves France despite PSG sweeping the domestic titles this season, winning the French Cup, the League Cup, the French Ligue 1 and the season-opening Champions Trophy.

Tuchel comes back to football after taking a sabbatical year. He left Borussia Dortmund a year ago with the German Cup title under his belt, but differences with the club’s front office ended up costing him the job.

Like Emery, Tuchel was a mediocre player whose career was cut short by a knee injury. Like the Spaniard, he has yet to prove himself as a coach at the highest level. He did an admirable job in charge of Mainz, before succeeding Jurgen Klopp at Dortmund in 2015. But PSG is a step above what the German has managed thus far and one of his first challenges will be to keep Neymar, the most expensive footballer in the world, content.

Tuchel is now the fifth PSG coach since Qatar bought the club in 2011. Before him, Antoine Kombouare, Carlo Ancelotti, Laurent Blanc and Emery sat on the bench.

"Thomas is one of the best and most competitive European coaches to have emerged over the last few seasons," declared PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.

"He abides by very strong principles of playing spectacular and clinical football that has always been the foundation of German football, especially on the international scene."

PSG wrapped up this season's Ligue 1 title with five games to spare. Emery was named as France's coach of the year. And yet, PSG is still looking for something else. The answer is Tuchel. For now.

Homepage photo: Wikimedia

By INSIDER Javier Monne

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