With the victory in Manchester, the coach asserts himself a little more over a season, for now, mastered.
Do not count on him to ignite. Even less to trumpet that the Paris SG is in working order to reign over Europe. "Do you know any teams that won at the half-time of a match?" He was planting on Tuesday night to calm down any euphoria. It's not possible to think of the quarter-finals. At 45, Thomas Tuchel is not a parlor of the year despite a CV much less filled (a German Cup) than some cadets of the Old Continent. The new strongman of the Paris club will not make this mistake despite the general enthusiasm born of the success won in Mancunian territory in the first round against the Red Devils, in the 8th finals (0-2).
For two reasons. Because he knows better than anyone in the Champions League, overconfidence is often punished with elimination. And that landing in Paris on May 14, he was the first to ensure that the Paris season is not just the course in the most beautiful club competitions. A way for him to defuse a phenomenal expectation around the club of the capital since the arrival of the Qataris in 2011 and a quarterfinal stadium that sounds like a glass ceiling. The Carlo Ancelotti, Laurent Blanc or Unai Emery can testify to this, unable to hoist the Parisian machine and its excessive resources into the last square of the C1. Anomaly for some, logical learning for others, the situation is such that the German technician, whatever he says, is expected in this competition. Not elsewhere.
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To say that he is about to succeed his bet would be too hasty. Even moved in view of the slaps received by the PSG these last two seasons and a double elimination in the round of 16 against Barça and Real Madrid. However, the former coach of Dortmund – chosen against all odds by the clutches of PSG this summer while the names of Wenger, Ancelotti, Allegri, Conte and Simeone waved the gazettes – suggests real promises. And let's be clear: a project of play, ideas, philosophy begins to emerge since taking office. All against the background of internal war between a Thomas Tuchel more and more installed and Antero Henrique, sports director criticized subtly and publicly for the lack of recent mercatos. Tuchel style in the text. All in fingering and delicacy. But with the firm intention to inspire respect and to win the support of all. Smiling, teasing, jovial with the media and his players, speaking a very good French compared to a Unai Emery who took advantage of his infancy in the language of Molière to lull the audience, the German technician knows that his operation seduction will find his epilogue in the results. Nothing else. The field, again and again.
To achieve this, the disciple of Pep Guardiola proves intransigent. With well-established precepts. Adrien Rabiot and Kylian Mbappé, late for the talk before facing OM on October 28, will start the game on the bench. A light-years away from a Laurent Blanc, yet treated as a "feud" by his player, who made Serge Aurier quarter-final in the C1 quarter against Manchester City in April 2016 to the detriment of Marquinhos and flouted collective rules. An unimaginable situation under Tuchel, eager above all to establish a group project, while glorifying the contribution of its stars are the Neymar, Mbappé, Cavani or Thiago Silva. Between hugotherapy and firmness. The definition of some form of intelligence simply.
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In the field, the Tuchel style is felt. Inexorably. And the players adhere, as evidenced by the collective production at Old Trafford. Add to that a tactical revolution for a collective (too) used to playing in 4-3-3 for years and will this season discovered a plethora of gaming systems. Not to mention the "finds" of the game. German, with Marquinhos relocated to 6, competing at the guardian position between Areola and Buffon or Dani Alves midfielder as in Manchester on Tuesday night. Symbol (s) of a flexible man who adapts to situations and keeps innovating. Always looking for the right formula. It is for the moment well started. For the moment only.