PSG Appoint Tuchel Coach

Thomas Tuchel has been appointed as the new coach of Paris Saint-Germain on a two-year deal, the French champions confirmed on Monday. The German has agreed to succeed Unai Emery, who will leave after the final game of the French season this weekend.

Tuchel began his coaching career in 2000, as the head coach of the U-19 team at VfB Stuttgart, holding the position for five years, aiding in the development of future first team players such as Mario Gómez and Holger Badstuber. In 2005, he returned to Augsburg, who were impressed with his ability at coaching youth players, and was provided with the role of youth team co-ordinator.

 Tuchel held the position for three years, eventually transitioning into management after being offered the position as first team coach of FC Augsburg II for the latter end to the 2007–08 season.

He became Borussia Dortmund’s head coach in 2015, returning to the game after over a year out of management, signing a three year deal.

Tuchel quickly set to revitalizing the team, a task made much more easier as Dortmund’s financial situation greatly contrasted Mainz’s. He conducted his transfer business relatively early in the window, allowing the departures of nine-first team players, while purchasing German midfielders Gonzalo Castro and Julian Weigl from Bayer Leverkusen and 1860 Munich, respectively. Both became the fulcrum of the system Tuchel deployed at the club, where he aimed to replicate his dynamic offense displayed during the final season of his tenure at Mainz.

Castro and Weigl, who were adapted from defensively-minded midfielders to box-to-box midfielders, allowed Tuchel to experiment with various formations with a solid base at the center of the park.

Throughout the campaign, the team were able to transition from a 4–2–3–1, 4–3–3, and 3–4–3 with relative ease, which saw them enjoy strong domestic success by finishing runners-up in the Bundesliga, which included a run of 11 consecutive wins to begin the season. However, Tuchel’s debut season at Dortmund ended trophyless, despite an appearance in the final of the 2015–16 DFB-Pokal, in which they lost to Bayern Munich on penalties, while also suffering elimination at the quarter-final stage of the Europa League at the hands of Liverpool, who were now coached by Klopp.

The campaign was also notable for further promotions of youth talent, with American teenager Christian Pulisic largely starring for the team during the latter stages of the season.

 

*with information from Wikipedia

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