There are not many managers in European football today who are under more pressure than Paris Saint-Germain’s Thomas Tuchel. PSG got off to a slow start in Ligue 1 play, which turned heads about whether the club may be in need of an early change at manager. Tuchel did turn the tide in league play but is now facing mounting pressure in the UEFA Champions League group stage this season, where the club currently holds third place in Group H.
Tuchel is not oblivious to the outside noise that is beginning to circle around him. He recognizes the high expectations that come with being the manager of PSG. Tuchel recently opened up during a pre-match press conference ahead of PSG’s league fixture against Stade Rennais (via Le Parisien) about his overall thoughts on the team’s roller-coaster season.
“In this period where we lack results, it is always a difficult situation because a club like PSG is not used to losing and besides it is good like that,” Tuchel said. “But as a coach you have to analyze things. And as a coach we cannot let our emotions show. We are going through a difficult time in the Champions League, but it is absolutely necessary to remain calm, focused, and to trust the players.”
This is not the first time that Tuchel has faced concerns regarding his status as PSG manager. But he currently has an optimistic viewpoint even after a season in which injuries and disappointing losses have garnered much of the headlines.
“We must continue to work hard,” Tuchel said. “But we have to look at the context, we are first in Ligue 1, we have seven consecutive games with 23 goals scored and only one conceded. We lost a game in Leipzig. It’s the reality that in the Champions League you can lose a match.
“But we have to put things in their context and if we do that we will realize that it is not the worst situation in the world. It’s a difficult situation, but we are here to find solutions. And that’s the reason we love this profession.”
PSG will have three upcoming key games up next in the Ligue 1 contests against Stade Rennais and AS Monaco along with the return Champions League fixture against Leipzig. This could be the turning point for PSG and Tuchel this season.
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