PSG chief finally speaks about sacking Thomas Tuchel after seeing the German tactician win the Champions League with Chelsea

PSG chief Leonardo has defended sacking Thomas Tuchel as PSG boss despite seeing the German tactician go on to win the Champions League with Chelsea.

Tuchel was infamously dumped by PSG on Christmas Eve before he replaced Frank Lampard as Chelsea boss in January.

Speaking of the decision to sack Tuchel, Leonardo said: “The separation was natural. The previous year, complicated situations destabilised the environment. It is human that points of view differ, it was difficult to establish a relationship between us. Even though I think it was difficult, he came before me, with a way of working. Then it’s a very complicated year, we were eliminated by United in the round of 16 when there was so much waiting.

“He loses in the final of the Coupe de France, there is a complicated movement around him. It destabilises everything. Then comes back someone who was already there, who has a relationship with the president and the owners and decides to do things differently. It was difficult to establish anything between us.

“I am sincere, between us: I think this stuff has been good for a year. It was an internal contrast that energised everyone. We reached the final of the Champions League, lost against Bayern. In the long term, it would have been difficult, it was towards the end of the contract, we decided earlier.”

About the Author

I eat, sleep and live Chelsea.