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PSG dismiss Thomas Tuchel after disappointing start to 2020/21 season

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Paris Saint-Germain have decided to sack their coach Thomas Tuchel after a disappointing start to the season for their team, according to various reports.

The reigning Ligue 1 champions have had a disappointing start to the season, losing four of their 17 games in the competition this year – more than they suffered in the whole of last season’s truncated season – and they currently occupy third place in the ranking.

Paris Saint-Germain v RC Strasbourg - Ligue 1
PSG still fail to live up to their high standards this year | Xavier Laine / Getty Images

A streak of just three wins in the last seven games has increased the pressure on Tuchel, who is expected to win all available trophies for the French side, and according to BILD, PSG have decided to end the German’s tenure in Paris. .

This was later supported by Sky Germany Max Bielefeld, who revealed Tuchel was briefed on the decision on Wednesday night in a move that took most by surprise.

RMC SportMohamed Bouhafsi later added that Mauricio Pochettino had already been lined up as Tuchel’s successor, while Christian Falk adds that Tuchel is already aiming for a job in the Premier League – Manchester United and Arsenal being named as potential landing points.

Mauricio Pochettino
Pochettino lines up to replace Tuchel | Srdjan Stevanovic / Getty Images

The news is a shock because PSG are still only one point away from first place in Ligue 1 and there are still big favorites to win the title. They have also sailed to the Champions League last 16, winning four of their six group stage matches.

From a football standpoint, seeing Tuchel sacked would raise eyebrows, but there have been whispers of discontent coming out of the Parc des Prix in recent days suggesting that all was not rosy in Paris.

He recently admitted to Sport1 that he struggles to keep star players like Neymar and Kylian Mbappe happy, adding that managing PSG was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but this interview sparked a lot of controversy.

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Tuchel is under real pressure | Maja Hitij / Getty Images

Tuchel reportedly said he felt more like “a sports politician or sports minister than a coach” and that he was “sad and angry” that he had not received more credit for his success in Paris – what he then declared to Canal +. (via Goal) was a misunderstanding during the interview.

There has yet to be official confirmation of PSG’s decision or the logic behind their choice to sack Tuchel.

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