PSG director argues Thomas Tuchel after Chelsea’s Champions League success
Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo has defended the club’s decision to sack Thomas Tuchel in 2020 despite the German winning the Champions League with Chelsea that season.
Tuchel took over from Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge and created a resilient, winning side within weeks, culminating in that famous win over Manchester City at Porto.
Kai Havertz was the hero as he rounded Ederson to score the game’s only goal and win Chelsea their second European crown and Tuchel their first.
The German has since won the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup, also guiding the club to the FA Cup and Carabao Cup finals.
This has sparked a lot of speculation over whether or not the Parisians regret their decision to sack Tuchel halfway through the 2020-21 campaign.
But Leonardo has once again defended his decision to part ways and sign Mauricio Pochettino, pointing out different factors at play at Parc des Princes.
“You can’t say that if he had stayed he would have won the Champions League here,” he said in an interview with L’Equipe.
“It’s a question of context, of the interweaving of many elements. It was a time (Christmas 2020) when we perhaps did not see a future with him.
“The question was whether we were going to the end of the contract without certainty or if we stopped before. That’s the choice we made.”
Chelsea also remain in the hunt for back-to-back Champions League titles and currently lead Lille 2-0 since their first leg of the round of 16.
A late strike from Kylian Mbappe also gave PSG a 1-0 lead over Real Madrid, with the second leg at the Bernabeu still to come.