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PSG: Emery does not let go despite the growing shadow of Tuchel

Ⓒ AFP – FRANCK FIFE – | PSG coach Unai Emery after the victory against Monaco in the final of the Coupe de la Ligue on March 31, 2018 in Bordeaux

Remain stoic in the face of the inevitable, as if nothing had happened: PSG coach Unai Emery, weakened since the premature elimination in the Champions League, showed his leaders that he did not intend to let go by winning Saturday the Coupe de la Ligue, while Thomas Tuchel is expected to replace him.

His fate seems to be played out in advance because of a contract expiring at the end of June? The Basque has drawn his last cartridges to hope to return the situation in his favor: a new domestic title that suggests the possibility of a national quadruple, and a philosophy of resistance to all tests in “carpe diem” mode.

“How do I think of my work? It’s like in everyday life, it’s enjoying every moment, every moment,” he said after the victory against Monaco (3-0), while admitting that he did not know what he was going to do next year.

And for good reason, the names of his potential successors have already begun to filter, like that of the German Thomas Tuchel announced near a signature in Paris by the dailies L’Equipe and Le Parisien, and the RMC radio.

But the Spanish technician, able to communicate despite a still imperfect mastery of the language of Molière, has distilled some clear messages to its leaders, rejecting any form of crisis since the bitter failure against Real Madrid and pleading for continuity.

– “The way is really not finished!” –

Ⓒ AFP – Nicolas TUCAT – | PSG coach Unai Emery gives instructions against Monaco in the final of the Coupe de la Ligue on 31 March 2018 in Bordeaux

“I think the club is doing well, and it is on the right path to be in the near future among the best teams in the world and in the option to win the best titles: the + Champions League +. , progress, work “that he will achieve, he said Saturday.

“There can be a very very solid project, but it’s hard to maintain patience, you need patience and consistency,” he added in an implicit register before to hit the nail on Sunday in a tweet: “Success is in the way we do together, and that is really not finished! Thank you all for your support and bravo Paris!”.

If the two consecutive eliminations in the round of 16 of C1 make very unlikely a possible prolongation, force is to note that on the side of the Parisian leaders, aware that there are still two titles to fetch, the watchword posted is ” all behind “Emery. For the time being.

“Our coach is Unai, we support Unai Every day, I see in the media the names mentioned, but we are behind our coach, Unai is the coach of Paris SG”, hammered the Parisian president Nasser Al-Khelaïfi at the microphone of Canal Plus Sport, while players like Angel Di Maria or Thomas Meunier announced during the international truce “change” for next season.

– Weight supports –

Ⓒ AFP/Archives – SASCHA SCHUERMANN – | Thomas Tuchel, then Dortmund coach, during the match against Werder Bremen on May 20, 2017 in Dortmund

Still, Bayern Munich boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who was aiming for Tuchel to replace Jupp Heynckes, has disturbed the official Parisian communication by claiming Saturday that the former Dortmund coach “has already signed with another club”.

In his operation maintained on the bench at PSG, Emery can however count on several weight supports as well in his locker room, just like Captain Thiago Silva – “(this) title is also for Unai” – as in the world of football.

Starting with Arsene Wenger, whom he thanked in a tweet for his praiseworthy comments, or former Germany coach Jürgen Klinsmann, passing through Bordeaux on Saturday, who advises Paris to keep his coach.

“If I look at things from an outside point of view, the good idea would be to continue as they do, to keep their coach, even though (Thomas) Tuchel is a great coach, I do not see any reason to change.” , he said in an interview with AFP.

Tuchel “is a great coach, very talented, there is no doubt about it, but I think Paris already has a great coach, Emery is doing a fantastic job,” he added. .

“It’s very, very difficult to win the Champions League – it’s not always the coach but the players who have that real power to make you win.” A coach is there to guide, to help But in the end, it’s up to the players to be hungry to win the trophy, “said the former Bayern coach.

Sufficient to make think the Parisian leaders?

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