Does Thomas Tuchel deserve more time at PSG?

Thomas Tuchel PSG Manager Paris Saint Germain

Paris Saint Germain fail to hit the expected heights yet again

Reflecting back on the 2010/11 season, Paris Saint Germain were fortunate to possess a promising squad made up of reliable defender Mamadou Sakho, talented midfielder Stephane Sessegnon, veteran winger Nene, and the leadership of legendary club captain Claude Makelele. It was later that year that the club were bought by unimaginably wealthy Qatari investors, but skip ahead eight years and they're yet to conquer Europe.

Prior to the financial takeover, a fourth place finish in Ligue 1 was a positive way to end the season for PSG, but even though league titles are drastically more common since that point in winning Ligue 1 in six of the eight years between the arrival of new owners and the completion of the current campaign, there's a feeling that the French champions are building a monopoly over their own division without influencing anything more monumental.

Last summer saw the questionable appointment of Thomas Tuchel, who was sacked as manager of Borussia Dortmund almost an entire year before taking on the role. His previous dismissal came from a turbulent relationship between Tuchel and Dortmund's primary owner, where he kicked up a fuss in complaining about the club's philosophy of allowing most of the top talent to depart to Bundesliga big dogs Bayern Munich.

Thomas Tuchel PSG Paris Saint Germain Manager
The verdict on Thomas Tuchel is split over football fans seeing the German as a tactician or a phoney.

Not only was his conduct enough to cost him his job, but it also questioned how he was able to run a club at this level, especially after later reports indicated that Thomas Tuchel was also known for only barely keeping contact with favourable Dortmund players Jakub Blaszczykowski, Neven Subotic and Roman Weidenfeller.

The childish methods which led Tuchel away from success at the Westfalenstadion didn't prevent him from landing another massive job though, put in charge of Paris Saint Germain, where he was given the opportunity to win all of Europe's top trophies with world-class figures like Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Edinson Cavani, Gianluigi Buffon, Dani Alves, Marco Verratti, Angel di Maria and Thiago Silva at his disposal.

Similarly to Massimiliano Allegri at Juventus following the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, the PSG job could almost work without any leadership from Thomas Tuchel's guidance, but he still fell short in making it far into the Champions League and didn't even come away with either of France's domestic cups. Despite these shortcomings, rumours now hint at Paris Saint Germain offering the German a new contract, with his Ligue 1 title win being the only positive to build on; whether the supposed tactician has earned the right to more time at the club is another question entirely.

Unai Emery left Paris Saint Germain last summer, but Thomas Tuchel is given further room to grow

It was the decision of Unai Emery to leave Paris Saint Germain last season, who had apparently been forced out of the club following limited say over incoming players and issues working under owners with intentions to buy superstar players rather than building a squad with fluidity and genuine chemistry.

Leaving the Parcs des Princes for Arsenal made a lot of sense with Unai Emery being the perfect man to replace Arsene Wenger based on his shrewd transfer market approach and the integrity he maintains to his playing style. He shouldn't have felt the urge to leave though, especially after being far more affective at the club than Thomas Tuchel has been in the past season.

Far too many football fans now judge Unai Emery as being a flop at Paris Saint Germain, but it's an unfair statement based on his Ligue 1 title win, two Coupe de France wins and two Coupe de la Ligue wins. Winning the title came in his second term at the club, where he was showing more progression and a sign of things to come. It didn't stop his departure though, leaving the Spaniard more disgraced then than Thomas Tuchel is now.

Unai Emery Paris Saint Germain Neymar PSG
Reaching the Europa League final and still in with a chance of qualifying for next season's Champions League, Unai Emery hasn't had the worst start to life at Arsenal since leaving PSG.

Nobody could possibly argue with the frankly embarrassing nature of PSG in the Champions League last season, as his side blew a 4-0 lead over Barcelona to lose 6-1 in the second leg, flying out of the competition before they even reached the quarter-finals. He ended up spending two years as manager of PSG, making up for a second place Ligue 1 finish in his first season by winning every cup in contention in his second season aside from the Champions League.

There appeared to be room to grow in his third season at the club, where PSG might have been able to challenge for the Champions League before Unai Emery felt unwanted. Emery came into the club with three successive Europa League wins under his belt from a massively successful period at Sevilla, so he has the pedigree to succeed in major European competitions - something we've seen this season as he's reached the Europa League final.

In comparison to Thomas Tuchel, there's a large gulf between the two, with Tuchel only bringing Borussia Dortmund's DFB-Pokal win and an array of unpleasant relationships between himself, former players under his management, and fellow managers who he couldn't see eye to eye with. As opposed to the three Europa League wins from Unai Emery, it almost seems unfair to pit the managers against one another.

Is Thomas Tuchel on the brink of greatness or out of his depth?

Often perceived as being a tactical genius by hipster football fans across Europe, it could be that Thomas Tuchel turns into one of several names to always get the best available jobs regardless of any recent success in the hope that he ends up eventually being a coup for his next club.

Previously only remembered for being in Jurgen Klopp's shadow, Thomas Tuchel replaced the Liverpool boss at Mainz before replacing him again at Borussia Dortmund. Building vendettas against individual managers and players extended to football clubs as he faced Liverpool, who fought back against the odds to make it past Borussia Dortmund in the 2016 Europa League quarter-finals, making it more frustrating as his PSG side lost 3-2 to Liverpool in the Champions League earlier this season.

Jurgen Klopp Liverpool Borussia Dortmund Mainz
Some football fans rate Thomas Tuchel ahead of Jurgen Klopp, which makes little sense as Jurgen Klopp has two Bundesliga titles, a DFB-Pokal, a Bundesliga second division promotion and two DFL-Supercups under his belt, as well as appearances in two Champions League finals and a Europa League final.

Achieving a 2-1 win over Liverpool saw redemption for Thomas Tuchel against a team he doesn't have the best of records against, but he didn't even take the best of victories, accused of diving, time-wasting and overall cheating at the Parcs des Princes. The accusations are arguable but if Paris Saint Germain's most impressive win wasn't entirely convincing then the French champions don't have much promise to hold onto aside from a league title win in a league without any viable competitors.

Domestic cups left further reason to doubt Thomas Tuchel's approach, embarrassingly losing to Quingamp in the Couple de la Ligue quarter-finals and losing the Coupe de France final against Rennes. Tuchel later confirmed his intention to continue as manager of Paris Saint Germain, but if Thomas Tuchel is as hostile as he's been proven to be during his time at Dortmund, and if Unai Emery is right in leaving PSG due to the way in which the owners acquire incoming players, it might be impossible to build a side with any chance of future success outside of the French capital.

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