Tuchel takes over as PSG coach

Lynette Rowe
May 16, 2018

They had been on the look-out for a replacement for Emery since being beaten 5-2 on aggregate by Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League in March. "I can't wait to work with all these great players, who are all among the very best on the planet", declared the man of the hour upon putting pen to paper on Monday. The specialist will be succeeding Unai emery who joined the club last summer.

Tuchel was a free agent after leaving Borussia Dortmund a year ago, despite leading the team to victory in last season's German Cup.

Emery announced his departure back in April, after a decision was reached not to renew his two-year contract.

Elaborating further on some of the positives, the 46-year-old added: "Well I improved my French, I am feeling closer towards Paris itself, I now know how the sentence "Ici c'est Paris" really means something special".

PSG President, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, spoke of Tuchel as "one of the most competitive European coaches to have emerged at the highest level in recent years". "He has the mix of spectacular and effective principles that have always been the true strength of German football. I believe it because I think it would be as fair for the player as for the club itself".

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A renowned manager around the world, Tuchel has followed in the footsteps of Jurgen Klopp, going from Mainz to Dortmund and then on to an even bigger job.

PSG wrapped up this season's Ligue 1 title with 5 games to spare.

The treble-winning Qatar-backed French club are seeking be an UEFA Champions League superpower, with a view to winning it, and Tuchel spoke of his readiness for the task ahead.

The Brazilian had two reasons to celebrate on Saturday as he also turned 30, but his attention will be quickly drawn to Real's final La Liga match of the season this weekend as the club take on Villarreal at the Estadio de la Ceramica.

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