The German led the French side to domestic success and the Champions League final in August, but paid the price for an irresistible start to this term
Kylian Mbappe paid tribute to outgoing Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel, adding that “no one will forget” the time manager at the head of the Parc des Princes.
On Christmas Eve, news broke that the German had been sacked from the club after his team’s triumph in Ligue 1 over Strasbourg on Wednesday.
Although PSG has not yet officially confirmed the 47-year-old’s exit, he ended a two-and-a-half-year term in which the former Borussia Dortmund boss completed a pure domestic honor and came closer to the Champions League glory than any of his predecessors.
The Mbappe striker – who further established himself as one of the most prominent talents in the sport and continued to flourish under Tuchel’s leadership in the 16th district – nevertheless quickly paid tribute to his manager, emphasizing his gratitude for the former Mainz’s contribution.
“Unfortunately, it’s the law of football,” the 22-year-old posted on his Instagram feed. “No one will forget your time here. You’ve written a wonderful part of the club’s history and I’m telling you: thank you, coach.”
Tuchel’s first major act after arriving to succeed Unai Emery in May 2018 was to sanction a permanent contract for Mbappe after an extremely successful loan at the club from Monaco, and amid his appealing heroism of winning the World Cup in Russia with France. representation.
The German – who initially began his coaching career at the helm of FC Augsburg II in 2007 – tarnished his reputation in Mainz between 2009 and 2014, leading them to the best fifth time in modern times in 2010-11.
His exploits brought him a move to Dortmund to succeed the outgoing Jurgen Klopp, where he continued to flourish as one of the most respected young coaches in Europe, laying his first silver medal in the DFB-Pokal club triumph at the 2016–17 club over Eintracht Frankfurt.
It was at PSG where he enjoyed continued success, however, he amassed a total of half a tuff and took them to the final term of the Champions League, where he was eventually knocked out by Hansen Flick of Bayern Munich.
Still, the relatively difficult start to their latest title defense, coupled with a nervous campaign in European groups that nearly knocked them out of the Europa League, saw Tuchel pay the price as the new year approached.