The recent summer transfer window created some off-field drama between Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel and Leonardo, the club’s sporting director.
Over the final weeks of the window period, Tuchel did not shy away from voicing his opinion that the team was in dire need of depth reinforcements. At one point in the window, defender Alessandro Florenzi was the club’s lone addition to the team.
Leonardo was not pleased with Tuchel’s public comments on the matter, especially as the club was still in the midst of acquiring players over the window. But in the end, Tuchel’s demands were met as the club added a trio of players, including FC Porto midfield talent Danilo Pereira on a season-long loan deal.
Tuchel held a press conference on Thursday ahead of the team’s away league fixture against Nimes Olympique. The German manager was asked about Leonardo’s response to his comments about the club’s plans over the now recent transfer window. Instead of continuing the war of words, Tuchel (via L’Equipe) downplayed there being any tension between him and Leonardo.
“I gave my opinion on our situation,” Tuchel said. “In football, I never take things personally. It’s like that, we had no contact afterward. I gave my opinion because I think it’s my job as a coach. Leonardo gave his opinion and now things are clear. Now we can move on. For me, it’s not personal.”
Tuchel’s last point on the apparent disagreement between him and Leonardo not being personal says it all. There is no need for PSG to have a back-and-forth between its manager and sporting director. It is best for both sides to simply move on and put this matter behind them.
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