PSG players lose faith in boss Thomas Tuchel ‘after consecutive defeats in the league to start the season … with disgruntled players’ who joke his tactic is just to give the ball to Neymar’
- Paris Saint-Germain have lost the first two games of the 2020-21 season
- Defeats against Lens and Marseille have increased the pressure on boss Thomas Tuchel
- Reports in France say players ‘quickly lose faith in their manager’
- Players reportedly joke that the tactic is to ‘give the ball to Neymar, always find Ney’
The Paris Saint-Germain players are losing faith in boss Thomas Tuchel and feel his only tactic is to give the ball to Neymar, according to reports in France.
RMC Sport detailed how the atmosphere in the dressing room after the 1-0 defeat against Marseille Le Classique was ‘catastrophic’ and led some players to wonder where the group led by Tuchel is headed.
Assuming a lack of creativity through the French champions’ midfield, players would have privately joked that the main tactic for this squad is, “Give the ball to Ney (Neymar), look for Ney.”
Thomas Tuchel is under increasing pressure after PSG’s disastrous start to the new season
RMC Sport in France describes how the locker room has doubts about Tuchel’s tactics
Concerns have also been raised about Mauro Icardi’s management of Tuchel, who joined the club for £ 52m to £ 52m earlier this year, after PSG were impressed with his loan spell.
But Icardi played no part in the semi-finals or final of the Champions League and RMC explained how the relationship between the Argentinian and Tuchel is ‘cold’, another concern in the future.
PSG have lost the first two games of their Ligue 1 title defense and are 18th for Wednesday night’s game against Metz.
The joke among the players is that the plan is to give the ball to Neymar continuously (photo)
Tuchel’s management of Mauro Icardi (pictured) has also raised the alarm behind the scenes
Tuchel is baffled by repeated questions about his future in the wake of such a disastrous start to the 2020-2021 campaign.
Before Metz’s match, he said, “It always is. If he loses a final he has to go, if he loses to Dortmund he has to go. If he loses this, if he loses that, if he loses this … It’s always like that.
‘This is not new. It’s a sport here. You do this, not me. I don’t read what it says about my future, I am calm. ‘
The 1-0 defeat to Marseille saw the referee wave five red cards, three of which were awarded to PSG, while Leandro Paredes, Layvin Kurzawa and Neymar were all fired before the end.
Those three players will not play a role in the Parc des Princes on Wednesday and Tuchel knows that, with the club already in a ‘crisis’, another defeat can be expensive – especially for himself.
Tuchel described the malaise at the start of the season as a ‘crisis’, but is baffled by talk about his future
He will be without Neymar (left) and Layvin Kurzawa (second from left), as they saw red on Sunday
‘This is the reality, yes, we have a results crisis. We’ll stick to three consecutive defeats, we’re not used to that, but it’s important to look at the context and analyze the facts, ”Tuchel said.
‘We had a good game for me on Sunday. We shouldn’t just stop at the result. We missed our four attackers in this game.
“A lot of players had Covid and we started the season without a friendly game and without any real preparations for the season.”
Both Kylian Mbappé and Mauro Icardi were previously ruled out after testing positive for Covid-19, but it remains unclear whether they are fit and eligible for Metz on Wednesday in Paris.