Tuchel admits he was in a dark place after defeat to Manchester United

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Thomas Tuchel has had some difficult times in his career against Manchester United.

The former PSG boss experienced two defeats to United over the past two seasons, and the painful one for him was back in 2019, as United defeated PSG in the Champions League round of 16.

The French giants had gotten a 2-0 victory at Old Trafford in the round-of-16 first leg on February 12, 2019, but were left stunned at Parc des Princes three weeks later when they conceded a penalty in stoppage time to suffer a 3-1 defeat and exit the competition on away goals.

Tuchel, who is set to face Manchester United this weekend, has revealed that the defeat kept him in a dark place for two days.

Tuchel said: “I can be very honest, after that match I was two days in a very dark place and I can tell you I was not able to speak to anybody and to think about anything else than this defeat.

“That maybe was the worst defeat that I experienced because it came from nowhere. It was, in a way, in the circumstances that it arrived. I was for two days in a dark place for a coach to be at.”

He went on: “I didn’t experience anything like this ever again or before.

“It was in the circumstances, this game, how we arrived there, the pressure around the club concerning the round of 16, the history before and the result of the first match and the way the second match went with the VAR decision in the last minute.

“It was like it came from absolutely nowhere and that’s why this hit was hard to take. But, like I said, I was two days in a dark place but then we gave the players two days off and I think that was the best for everybody.

“After that, it’s like this in sports, it can teach you that you have to stand up and accept that a defeat is sometimes necessary to grow and develop and to ask yourself decisive questions.

“That can hurt and the reward was one year later, it was almost the perfect reward when we arrived in the final and we came a long way for that. It was through adversity and it’s often said that it makes you stronger.”

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