Video: Thomas Tuchel on Three German Coaches in Champions League Semi-Finals and Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann

Ahead of Paris Saint-Germain’s UEFA Champions League semi-final against RB Leipzig, manager Thomas Tuchel spoke with the media, where Canal Supporters relayed his comments. 

The first question asked to Tuchel is the representation of German managers in the semi-finals. FC Bayern Munich’s Hans-Dieter Flick, Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann, and Tuchel are making Champions League history. For the first time, there will be three managers from a single nation in the semi-finals of the tournament. 

Furthermore, Tuchel touched on his relationship with Nagelsmann, who he coached while at FC Augsburg II. 

“He was my player, but he was still injured. Today he trains a very strong team. We are 3 German coaches with three different styles. Rudi Garcia also said he was a bit of a German coach, so we are 3.5 German coaches in the semi-finals,” Tuchel said. “I could never have imagined that I would meet him 13 years later. He was my player in Augsburg, but he was still injured. So we asked him to observe the opponents for us. He was then a youth coach in Munich. But we never thought we were going to meet in a Champions League or Bundesliga meeting.”

“I don’t want to project myself too much into my life. I want to take advantage of the present moment. That was it in all the clubs I went to. Today Paris is my team, and it’s exceptional,” Tuchel said. “I am humble and happy to experience this. In the semi-finals of the Champions League, playing against each other is exceptional! I think for Julian Nagelsmann, it’s even more exceptional because he has less experience.”

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