With the victory in the League Cup against Olympique Lyon, Paris St. Germain won the third title of the season yesterday. Nevertheless, Thomas Tuchel faces criticism.
The end of the season in Ligue 1 ensured that Paris St. Germain could call itself French champion ahead of time this year. After 27 match days, the lead over the second-placed Olympique Marseille was twelve points. The 1-0 cup win against AS St. Étienne followed on 24 July.
Then title number three yesterday: PSG won 6: 5 against Olympique Lyon on penalties. The French triple was there – nothing more. Or is it? At the press conference after the game, coach Thomas Tuchel faced criticism. The 46-year-old was asked why his team has been offensive since the Corona restart, why only one goal jumped out in 210 minutes.
Tuchel’s rage speech
“So what? So what? So what?”said Tuchel angrily, “Sure, we are always just lucky, write that calmly. It’s always just luck. We have no quality, just luck. “ And further: “Only the negative is still sought. There are 99 positive points, but it focuses on the one negative point. We won, there are no problems. “
A simple equation that doesn’t quite work out. After all, the Parisians are expected to win all titles at a national level – and in a convincing way. The 120 minute long zero against Lyon was not convincing.
Tuchel could have given rational reasons why his star-studded attacking machine stutters. “The question of poor performance was justified”, says the French FT-Correspondent Aurélien Léger-Moëc, “He could have simply replied that the weather was very hot, that it was only the second game after a four-month break, that players were injured and that Lyon were one of the best teams in France.”
The fact that he chose a different path is now interpreted negatively by many in France. “His words cause unrest”, explains Léger-Moëc. In view of the Champions League duel in just under two weeks against a strong Atalanta Bergamo, who could collect regular game practice, this could be a problem – for PSG and for Tuchel himself.
Because despite the national triples, the future of the coach in Paris is anything but secure. The performance in the Champions League is the benchmark by which the 46-year-old has to be measured. If PSG moves into the semi-final against Atalanta, the critics will also fall silent. Should the Nobel Club retire against the supposed outsider, further unpleasant questions will follow.