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Tuchel to take reins at PSG

Publish on 14/05/2018 at 00h00 - S. WILLIS


Ligue 1 Conforama champions Paris Saint-Germain have announced that former Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel will take over from Unai Emery at the capital club as of next season.

Fresh from winning their third domestic quadruple, Paris Saint-Germain have moved to prepare for the post-Unai Emery future sooner rather than later by announcing that German coach Thomas Tuchel has signed a two-year contract to take charge of the senior team.

Tuchel, 44, whom the club described as "an adept of dynamic attacking football", was coach of Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund between 2015 and 2017, winning 70% of his matches in charge and claiming a German Cup title in 2017. Often described as a tactical genius, Tuchel did great things with Bundesliga side Mainz between 2009 and 2014 and the Chelsea and Arsenal target is now looking to bring his skills to bear with the capital club's more affluent means.

Tuchel: 'Push the envelope'

"It's with a lot of joy, pride and ambition that I join Paris Saint-Germain, one of the world's great clubs. I can't wait to work with all these great players, who are all among the very best on the planet," declared the man of the hour upon putting pen to paper on Monday. "Along with my staff, I will do everything I can to help the team push the envelope right up to the highest international level. There is extraordinary potential at Paris Saint-Germain and it was by far the most exciting option I had."

While few are certain as to how Tuchel will adapt PSG's game, club president and CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi is extremely happy to have snared his signature.

Style match

"Thomas is one of the most competitive European coaches to have emerged at the highest level in the last few years," he declared after the deal was done. "He has the mix of spectacular and effective principles that have always been the true strength of German football. His ambitious personality, his stated predilection for attacking football and his strength of character are all in keeping with the style that we have wanted to instil here at Paris Saint-Germain."  

Tuchel will begin his tenure with the capital club after the World Cup in late July,  when pre-season preparations begins for the 2018-19 season.