The German head coach paid the price to start stuttering the French champions in his latest defense in the Ligue title
Thomas Tuchel was fired by Paris Saint-Germain just hours after a comprehensive victory over Strasbourg, Goal I can confirm.
The two-and-a-half-year reign of the 47-year-old in the Parc des Princes is over, and the French champions have decided to change the dugout after a mixed start to the 2020-21 campaign.
PSG picked up their 11th win in Ligue 1 of the season by beating Strasbourg 4-0 in the middle of the week, but still lag behind Lyon and Lille by a point in the table.
And Tuchel has now paid the price for the inconsistency of his team, and sporting director Leonardo and club president Nasser Al Khelaifi have informed the German of their dismissal on Wednesday night.
Tuchel leaves a lasting legacy at PSG after delivering six home trophies and overseeing the club’s lead until the first ever Champions League final.
Parisian clothing won the honors of Ligue 1, the Coupe de France and the Coupe de la Ligue last season before appearing at a European football show, to lose 1-0 against Bayern Munich.
Tuchel was forced to defend himself after a match in Strasbourg amid a crash of interviews he published SPORT 1, during which he was quoted as saying that in his first season in France he felt “more like a sports politician or sports minister than a coach”.
“I didn’t say it was more about politics than sports, nor that I got lost because of training. That’s not true,” he told Canal Plus. “It is possible that they translated incorrectly.
“Watch the video interview. I just said that PSG are unique and that it’s a big challenge for me. It’s always been that way. I like this challenge and nothing has changed.”
PSG will now seek the appointment of a new head coach before the next match against Saint-Etienne at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on 6 January.
The team will make good money during the winter break before the start of preparations for that schedule, and former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly the favorite to continue where Tuchel left off in the second half of the season.
Despite its erratic home form, PSG still have more trophies to play in the new year, including the Champions League, with a huge round of 16 final against Barcelona to be held in February.