Three days before the closing of the transfer window, Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel and sporting director Leonardo were the protagonists in the media for discrepancies that were made public.
Former capital club midfielder Éric Rabesandratana was on France Bleu Paris where he said, “We had a confrontation between Leonardo and Tuchel that appeared on the cover of the last week of the transfer window. It sounded like Jean de La Fontaine’s fable, “The Hare and the Tortoise”, with Tuchel in the role of the hare that goes off in the wheel hats, and who shouts to everyone that he has no one left, that he lost in quality, and a quiet Leonardo, who puts him back in his place. Not yelling, but putting him on guard.”
The two men’s relationship is a rocky one at best because Leonardo didn’t hire the German manager. Rabesandratana commented that:
“In the end, the two made it to the race. Was there a winner? I’m not sure. Because the goal is for everyone to get along well at the club, the sporting director and the coach should walk hand in hand. But sportingly, with his recruitment, Leonardo silenced Tuchel. And reassured the fans. Leonardo was very strong because he imposed his sporting choices. By taking a number six, he forces Tuchel to leave Marquinhos in central defense. I think among the Two men will never go down again. Tuchel will always be on the bench. The results will pressure him. Leonardo will always be Tuchel’s superior.”
These comments suggest that for Rabesandratana, in sporting terms, Leonardo has silenced Tuchel with his hiring and that with it, Leonardo gave his coach a technical-tactical course.
— France Bleu Paris (@francebleuparis) October 8, 2020
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