The decision was made shortly before Christmas Eve: Thomas Tuchel is no longer a coach at Paris Saint-Germain. His future could now lie in England. But which club does he fit into? And who has a need anyway?
The news shortly before Christmas came as a big surprise. Thomas Tuchel was no longer the coach of Paris Saint-Germain, as reported by various French and German media. The association was finally confirmed between the years.
“The announcement didn’t hit us like a bolt of lightning out of the blue,” said Tuchel’s assistant Zsolt Löw of the Hungarian newspaper “Nemzeti Sport”. The rift between Tuchel and sports director Leonardo was too big.
Tuchel’s return to the Bundesliga is unlikely
But what’s next for Tuchel? If the former Mainz and BVB coach was a hot candidate for his successor after Niko Kovac’s dismissal (autumn 2019), the position of head coach at FC Bayern is currently clearly assigned.
RasenBallsport Leipzig also currently has no need for the coaching position. The only Bundesliga club that would be considered next to Leipzig and Munich would be Borussia Dortmund. But a return to the old place of work is ruled out after the quarrels with BVB boss Aki Watzke.
A return to Germany is therefore difficult. On the other hand, Tuchel is more likely to be involved on the island. But which team would Tuchel best fit? And: which club has a need at all? t-online with an overview:
The English champion is currently experiencing the most difficult phase in almost three years. On Monday it was only the second defeat of the season for the Klopp-Elf. But the 0: 1 at Ralph Hasenhüttls FC Southampton was the third winless game in a row.
Liverpool threatens to gamble away the championship lead. Next week there will also be a clash with pursuers Manchester United. But even if Liverpool should lose this game: Coach Klopp is not up for debate with the Reds. So Thomas Tuchel is not an option.
More than seven years after the departure of coaching legend Sir Alex Ferguson, the Red Devils are still on the road to emancipation. With club icon Ole Gunnar Solskjær as head coach, the team has currently caught up a bit, tied on points with leaders Liverpool in second place.
But the performances this season have so far been mostly inconsistent. While narrow victories in the league conceal the ambivalence of the team, in the Champions League it ended early in the group stage.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: The Norwegian is not undisputed at Manchester United. (Source: PA Images / imago images)
Solskjær is not without controversy in Manchester. Could Tuchel be his heir? At the beginning of December, “Le Parisien” reported that the Red Devils were interested in Tuchel – albeit as an option for the coming summer.
Until then, Tuchel could also wait with a return to the coaching business. How and whether development at Manchester United progresses is likely to be decisive. Otherwise his critics should not be silent either.
With a strong start to the season, coach José Mourinho’s team recently experienced a small dry spell with just one win from five league games. Against promoted Leeds, the “Spurs” found back on the road to success.
Coach “Mou” is popular with the players. In general, the Portuguese reinvented himself after his return to London, pretending to be more humble and less aggressive.
What he wants and needs: time. Time that, according to his own statement, was not given to him on his previous stint at Manchester United. If he gets it and if he is not judged by titles, his journey at Tottenham is likely to have only just begun – and Thomas Tuchel has no chance of a job.
The Citizens extended in November the contract of Pep Guardiola until 2023. The Catalan probably continues to enjoy his star ensemble. And the club is also satisfied with its head coach.
The only drawback: In recent years, City and Guardiola failed in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. In May 2021, it will be ten years since the Catalan took part in a premier class final.
Pep will be measured (especially) by his performance in the premier class. As long as he still has this goal in mind and his club pulls with him, there is no room for Thomas Tuchel at City.
What’s going on at Chelsea? The young and ambitious team of trainer novice Frank Lampard got off to a furious start into the season – and was also one of the favorites for the title.
After only one win from the last seven games, there is little left of the initial euphoria. Chelsea slipped to ninth place in the table – too little for the club’s claims.
Lampard also came under criticism due to the weak performance. What’s more: So far, he has not been able to profitably integrate the expensive newcomers Kai Havertz (80 million) and Hakim Ziyech (40 million) into the team. And national striker Timo Werner is currently looking for his form. Should Chelsea’s crisis worsen, Lampard’s chair is likely to shake too. The chance for Tuchel?
Frank Lampard thoughtful: The Chelsea coach and his team are in crisis. (Source: PA Images / imago images)
According to “The Athletic”, Mauricio Pochettino was a possible candidate for a replacement of Lampard, who now became Tuchel’s successor in Paris. But the German should also be a candidate.
Tuchel himself should certainly not be averse, although his style of play differs greatly from that of Lampard. While Tuchel relies more on ball control, Lampard’s football impresses with vertical attack football – which the squad is also geared towards.
“Bayern cancellation: Tuchel changes to Arsenal” was the headline of “Kicker” in March 2018. The message turned out to be a duck. A short time later, Thomas Tuchel signed in Paris.
But Tuchel was then in fact a hot candidate to succeed Arsène Wenger at Arsenal FC. And today?
The fact is: Arsenal started the season catastrophically, meanwhile only three points ahead of the relegation ranks. The win on Boxing Day in the derby against Chelsea had a liberating effect on coach Mikel Arteta’s team, who gained some breathing space with the successes that followed against Brighton and West Brom.
But Arteta will also be measured by the achievement of international business. Should he miss the target or even get into the relegation battle, those responsible should be forced to act. Thomas Tuchel would certainly be an option.