Thomas Tuchel expects to still be Paris Saint-Germain head coach next season, but he acknowledges the situation could "change every day".

PSG won the Ligue 1 title, but crashed out of the Champions League and Coupe de la Ligue early, as well as losing the Coupe de France final to Rennes on penalties.

The shoot-out defeat to Rennes came in the final weeks of the season as PSG won just three of 10 matches in all competitions, also including Friday's 3-1 loss at Reims.

Champions PSG were completely outplayed away from home in their last game of the campaign, yet Tuchel was positive for the future at full-time.

"I think I can say yes [I will stay]," Tuchel told a post-match news conference. "But, in football, it can change every day.

"You often ask me, but I am here. If it changes, it will not be down to me."

Tuchel has repeatedly bemoaned the size of the PSG squad and so recruitment will be required before next season.

But the German coach also believes a change in attitude is required going forward, calling for togetherness after reports of clashes behind the scenes.

Record-signing Neymar was said to have clashed with a number of team-mates, although PSG subsequently denied these incidents in a statement.

"We have to focus, be together, the club, the staff, the team," Tuchel said.

"We must be strict and find our spirit, our way of working from the beginning of the season. We have to be consistent in our decisions, all together."

Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain ended the season on a disappointing note as they were beaten 3-1 at Reims on Friday.

PSG wrapped up the league title over a month ago, but a run of three wins in nine in all competitions – a stretch that included a Coupe de France final loss to Rennes – had put a slight dampener on their campaign even before they arrived at a raucous Stade Auguste-Delaune.

Reims were good value for their two-goal lead with strikes from Baba Rahman and Mathieu Cafaro either side of half-time, although Kylian Mbappe brought the visitors back into contention in the 59th minute.

But PSG mustered little more without the suspended Neymar and substitute Pablo Chavarria scored an opportunistic third in second-half stoppage time to compound their misery.

Reims seized control midway through the first half and superb work from Cafaro teed up Remi Oudin to thunder straight at Gianluigi Buffon, before a first-time Moussa Doumbia curler clipped the crossbar.

The opener deservedly followed in the 36th minute when lax defending from Thomas Meunier allowed Rahman in to slide a finish through Buffon's legs from a tight angle.

PSG were initially much improved after the break and Thilo Kehrer glanced a header wide, but Reims retained a threat on the break and doubled their lead when Cafaro drove a fierce strike past Buffon's flimsy right hand in the 56th minute.

Although Mbappe responded quickly by turning Edinson Cavani's header across the line at close range, the champions could not build any momentum and were picked off in the fourth minute of added time.

Chavarria, who had been sent on for Cafaro, was given the freedom of the PSG half after chasing down Baba's long ball and calmly slotted past a stranded Buffon.

 

What does it mean? Dismal end to disappointing season

PSG have made a habit of dominating in France while faltering in Europe, but even their domestic form tailed off in 2018-19. The champions looked to have stopped the rot with back-to-back wins against Angers and Dijon, yet they were completely outplayed on Friday and questions will again be asked of Thomas Tuchel.

Rampant Rahman

Loan star Rahman is still on Chelsea's books and he showed flashes of the talent that earned him a move to Stamford Bridge in 2015. The defending and goalkeeping left a lot to be desired, but his energy in bursting clear to score the opener typified a relentless Reims display. A late assist was an unexpected bonus.

Gigi's jitters

Buffon, now 41 and preferred to Alphonse Areola, ended the season with a poor showing. Having already looked unconvincing from a couple of shots from range, he was caught out by low efforts for both goals and was all at sea when Chavarria finished PSG off.

What's next?

Another huge close season awaits PSG. Tuchel may well stay for a second season, but speculation surrounding Mbappe – who hinted at a potential exit after being named Ligue 1's Best Player and Best Young Player of the Year on Sunday – and Neymar will surely persist. And given the coach's repeated complaints about his squad size, players need to arrive, too.

Neymar and Kylian Mbappe's futures at Paris Saint-Germain are far from certain, with Thomas Tuchel promising to "find solutions" in the event of the duo's departure.

While Neymar has been linked with a move back to LaLiga since heading to the French capital from Barcelona two years ago, Mbappe hinted at Ligue 1's end-of-season awards that he could be tempted by "a new project".

PSG coach Tuchel feels the nature of the modern game makes it difficult to guarantee the pair will remain with the Ligue 1 champions, but he is confident the club would find a way forward without them. 

"This is football," Tuchel said at a media conference when asked about the transfer speculation over his two prized assets. 

"Many clubs want to transfer many players. But if you ask me, the manager, yes I want them here next season. But if not, we will find solutions."

Tuchel also played down the significance of Mbappe's comments, saying they were normal for a player of his stature.

"He doesn't need to give a speech to say that," said the German. "He's a special guy, and just wants to score, score and score again, to have all of the trophies possible.

"The guys are special, we have to accept that. I'm not annoyed.

"I'm not going to lose my head about that speech. I talk to Kylian every day, he knows what I want; we have a trusting relationship between us."

 

 #CHAMPI8NS

In the latest episode of the L'instant Laure with Orange, join @le12emehomme and @laureboulleau as they go behind the scenes of Saturday's title celebrations! pic.twitter.com/vZc2AfpmDN

— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) May 20, 2019

Mbappe can join Barcelona's Lionel Messi at the summit of the European Golden Shoe rankings with four goals against Reims on Friday, but Tuchel acknowledged that is a tall order.

"It's very difficult to score four goals in one match. We lack respect for our opponents in saying that. It's an objective for Kylian," he said.

"To go for four goals is a bit much I think. I have to speak to my team about this goal. He has great targets and he is very confident."

Pep Guardiola and Thomas Tuchel have quelled reports that Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain will be rivalling Barcelona for Antoine Griezmann's signature.

Griezmann and Atletico Madrid confirmed on Tuesday that the 28-year-old's stay in the Spanish capital would be coming to an end after five years at the club.

Last June, the France forward signed a new contract to keep him at the Wanda Metropolitano until 2023, with a documentary titled 'The Decision' having been made to publicise Griezmann's choice not to move to Camp Nou.

However, following his change of heart, reports have suggested Premier League champions City were considering challenging any renewed interest from Barca by activating the forward's release clause, reportedly set at €120million.

But Guardiola insists the fee would be too much for City, who are under investigation by UEFA for alleged Financial Fair Play (FFP) breaches. The club vehemently deny any wrongdoing.

"People from Barcelona don't have to be worried, we are not going to buy Griezmann," Guardiola told reporters on Friday. "We don't have the money."

PSG, too, have been linked with interest in Griezmann but, like his counterpart in Manchester, Tuchel was quick to deny the reports, stressing that his priorities are to strengthen his side's defence, not attack.

"Griezmann can play with every team in the world," the PSG coach told a news conference.

"It would please any coach, but right now it's not realistic. We are looking for players with certain profiles. We need defensive profiles, and we have to start with that."

Griezmann has scored 21 goals in all competitions this term and could play his last game for Atleti against Levante on Saturday in their final LaLiga fixture of the season.

Youri Djorkaeff says changes are needed at Paris Saint-Germain after the "craziest" end to the season.

Thomas Tuchel's champions stumbled over the line despite a commanding lead in the Ligue 1 title race, and they lost the Coupe de France final on penalties to Rennes, even though they were 2-0 up in the first half.

PSG also failed to retain the Coupe de la Ligue, having been knocked out at home in the quarter-finals by Guingamp, who went on to be relegated from Ligue 1, while Tuchel's men suffered a last-16 loss to Manchester United in the Champions League.

Speculation continues to link Neymar with a move away from the French capital, while record goalscorer Edinson Cavani is reportedly a target for Atletico Madrid.

And after another season of European disappointment, Djorkaeff - who played for the club in 1995-96 when they won the Cup Winners' Cup - feels the off-season is crucial for the Ligue 1 champions.

Djorkaeff, speaking courtesy of the UEFA Europa League Trophy Tour – Driven by Kia, told Omnisport: "Some changes must happen within the club. The main question in my opinion is to know who is at Paris Saint-Germain and what they're doing there.

"I speak about players, entourage and staff. At some stage you need to put in place people who want to be there and help the club to improve. Once we'll answer this question, many issues will be fixed."

Tuchel's place at the club has been questioned, partly due to PSG's below-par performance in the Champions League.

The former Borussia Dortmund coach masterminded a first-leg victory at Old Trafford but then saw his side collapse, as they have in Europe in previous seasons, with Marcus Rashford's late penalty sealing a sensational comeback for United.

"There is not much to think about because he's the best in a league where they did not play many big games," Djorkaeff said of Tuchel, whose side have lost three of their past six Ligue 1 games.

"Not to diminish Marseille, Lyon or Lille, the competition didn't scare PSG. In Europe it didn't go well. The end of the season is the craziest. It didn't go according to plan at all. That a club like Paris let the team end the season that way is not allowed at such level.

"Paris Saint-Germain's ambitions are to reach that level of the competition [Champions League semi-finals]. That’s why we are more concerned about what they lack than what they possess. It can be built.

"The Champions League is every year a learning experience. The issue that Paris Saint-Germain is facing is that at the same stage [of the competition], they make the same mistakes. We then questioned ourselves about why Paris are not going through.

"I think that people in the club know why and that one day they’ll have to change their philosophy. The club's identity must be [to] push more forward."

Thomas Tuchel reiterated he has full faith in Thiago Silva and Marquinhos and is unsure why Neymar has been tipped to take over as Paris Saint-Germain's captain.

The PSG boss ruled out the possibility of handing Neymar the captain's armband when speaking to reporters on the eve of his side's trip to Angers.

But after the Brazil forward delivered a reminder of his quality with a goal and an assist in a 2-1 win at the Stade Raymond Kopa, Tuchel was again pressed on the topic.

"We have two captains, with Thiago Silva and Marquinhos, and we are not going to change," he told Canal Plus. "For me, he does not have the profile to be the captain with the armband. 

"He is a technical leader and attacker. I do not understand why everyone is talking about this thing. We have Thiago Silva and Marquinhos, they are fantastic."

Saturday's victory against Angers was PSG's first away win in four attempts since the end of March and just a second win in eight matches overall in a season that has fizzled out.

The win came at a cost, though, as Marquinhos was shown a straight red card for bringing down Wilfried Kanga in the box with five minutes remaining and PSG two goals to the good.

And Tuchel feels the officials got the decision wrong as awarding a penalty, which Flavien Tait converted at the second attempt after Gianluigi Buffon saved the spot-kick, should have been punishment enough.

"We are all very surprised by the decision because we have the impression that the rule is not like that," he said. "He tries to get the ball and he is late, there is a foul but the red is severe.

"It's always good to win. We had a bit of luck because Angers had opportunities to open the scoring, but we won and there were many good moments."

PSG face Dijon in their final home match next weekend, before concluding their campaign with a trip to Reims on the final day.

Thomas Tuchel has ruled out Neymar becoming Paris Saint-Germain's next captain and says the club must accept the superstar forward's suspension for striking an opposition supporter.

The French Football Federation announced on Friday that Neymar must serve a three-match ban following his altercation with a Rennes fan after last month's Coupe de France defeat.

PSG have launched an appeal against the decision, but Tuchel believes the punishment is fair and urged the Brazil international to put his leadership qualities to better use on the field.

"We must accept the suspension," he told a news conference. "It was a mistake.

"There are many ways to show that you are a leader. Neymar is an artist, a creative player. He can be a leader with his qualities, his courage. But I am very satisfied with Thiago Silva and Marquinhos as captains. I will not change."

Tuchel also insisted his transfer plans have not altered over the past month, despite PSG's "bizarre" end to the campaign.

The Parisians sealed an eighth Ligue 1 title with their 3-1 win against Monaco on April 21, but that is their only victory in seven matches in all competitions.

The back-to-back French champions have collected just five points from the last 18 on offer, while also losing on penalties to Rennes in the cup final after squandering an early two-goal lead.

Tuchel admits a lot of work needs to be done to strengthen his side ahead of next season, but his thinking has not changed in terms of the type of player he is after.

"Our analysis of the transfer window does not change with regard to the bizarre three weeks that have just passed," he said. "We need a lot of players and positions to improve the performance of our team."

PSG will be without Silva and Thomas Meunier for Saturday's trip to Angers, while Presnel Kimpembe and Thilo Kehrer are also doubtful due to a lack of fitness.

Kylian Mbappe will sit out the match at the Stade Raymond Kopa as he is serving a three-match ban of his own.

Paris Saint-Germain have denied reports Neymar has fallen out with his team-mates at the Parc des Princes.

Le Parisien claimed that the world's most expensive footballer was involved in an altercation with Julian Draxler, while he also took issue with struggling defender Presnel Kimpembe.

Neymar criticised PSG's younger players following their Coupe de France final penalty shoot-out defeat to Rennes and it was said his critique was aimed at Kimpembe for his response to a team talk from Thomas Tuchel days earlier.

Alphonse Areola was also referenced in the report regarding Neymar's complaint that young players did not listen enough.

But PSG responded on Wednesday, suggesting Neymar was wrongly being painted in a bad light amid talk of such clashes.

"This is a funny game from Le Parisien: presenting Neymar, a phenomenon of world football, as a player who fights with his team-mates in the dressing room," the club posted on Twitter.

"How can you invent such things? Were you in the dressing room?"

PSG have won just one of their past seven matches in all competitions, with regular captain Thiago Silva absent in recent weeks.

Coach Tuchel revealed following the Coupe final reverse that Neymar was upset, that he "hates losing" and is "sensitive" to comments made about him.

The French Football Federation (FFF) opened proceedings against the forward after he appeared to punch a fan in a scuffle on the way to collect his runners-up medal.

Thomas Tuchel praised Neymar's performance as struggling Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain drew against Nice.

Neymar scored his 50th PSG goal on Saturday – the club's underwhelming end to the season continuing with a 1-1 draw in Paris.

PSG wrapped up the title on April 21 but Tuchel's men have now won just one of their last six Ligue 1 outings, while the French giants surrendered a 2-0 lead as they sensationally lost the Coupe de France final against Rennes on penalties.

Neymar appeared to strike a fan following the Coupe de France decider on April 27 amid PSG's slump but head coach Tuchel was full of praise for the Brazil international following the Nice stalemate.

"He's been injured since January," Tuchel told reporters of Neymar, who returned from a three-month lay-off with a broken foot during the 3-1 win over Monaco in April.

"He's just came back. I'm quite surprised because he played 120 minutes against Rennes and 90 minutes against Montpellier.

"He played a full game today too and unfortunately, he couldn't score that second goal. It's a pity but he's doing well, and all dangerous play come from Neymar."

"Neymar needs to play high on the pitch because that's how he's the most dangerous," Tuchel said.

"Our goal and task are to find Neymar between the lines, high on the pitch. He shouldn't have to play deep to get the ball. That's why he was defending like a second striker. When he plays that high it's his favourite position.

"That's how he can be the more dangerous in my opinion because he has someone on the left. He can assist and make the difference."

Neymar – who arrived from Barcelona in a world-record €222million transfer in 2017 – has scored 14 Ligue 1 goals this season and 22 in all competitions.

Thomas Tuchel has questioned the attitude of his Paris Saint-Germain side following the 1-1 home draw with Nice.

Neymar's 50th goal for the Ligue 1 champions ultimately proved enough to salvage a point at Parc des Princes on Saturday, with Edinson Cavani missing a late penalty.

It is now just one win in seven games across all competitions for PSG, who had the title wrapped up on April 21, and Nice were unfortunate that Allan Saint-Maximin failed to add to Ignatius Ganago's strike before Neymar restored parity from the spot.

And Tuchel did not hide his frustration at the performance, claiming that PSG treated the match like a friendly.

"I have the impression that the second half in Montpellier was better [than this game]," Tuchel told Canal+.

"We had the state of mind as if we were playing a friendly match. We lacked intensity and acceleration. 

"Maybe it's normal since the championship is over. But we cannot play like the season is over. We're playing for our fans but we can do better, the defeat in the final of the Coupe de France was really bad.

"I can understand the reaction of the spectators, we respect Nice and the Ligue 1. We have to give 100 per cent against an aggressive opponent, we have to have our best level but at the moment, it's not possible."

Lapses in concentration at the back have cost PSG during their poor run, and Tuchel acknowledged that he may have to look for defensive signings in the upcoming transfer window, suggesting Marquinhos and Thiago Silva are the only players he currently has at his disposal that he can rely on.

"We lost our mentality to defend," Tuchel added.

"It will change if Marquinhos and Thiago Silva are there. We have to recruit reliable guys and after that, we will be able to create performances with the competition in the squad."

Neymar scored his 50th Paris Saint-Germain goal and Edinson Cavani missed a late VAR-assisted penalty as the Ligue 1 champions' underwhelming end to the season continued with a 1-1 draw against Nice.

Having brought up his milestone PSG goal from the spot on the hour to cancel out Ignatius Ganago's fine 46th-minute strike, Neymar won a penalty in the closing stages when referee Frank Schneider used VAR to deem that Dante had fouled his compatriot.

However, with Neymar off the pitch having received treatment, Cavani failed to beat Walter Benitez, and the Uruguay striker was fortunate to escape with just a booking when his temper boiled over in stoppage time.

Thomas Tuchel's side have now won just one of their last six Ligue 1 outings.

Thomas Tuchel believes it is clear that Neymar has felt the effects of Paris Saint-Germain's recent poor run as the French Football Federation (FFF) opened proceedings against the forward.

PSG have won just one of their past six matches in all competitions, including a Coupe de France final collapse against Rennes after Neymar's goal had put Tuchel's side 2-0 up.

The Brazil international let his emotions get the better of him following the penalty shoot-out defeat last week as he appeared to punch a fan in a scuffle on the way to collect his runners-up medal.

The FFF could now hand Neymar a hefty suspension - reportedly between three and eight matches - and coach Tuchel admits the world's most expensive player is struggling.

"We all feel that Neymar is sad, he's not happy right now," Tuchel told a news conference ahead of Saturday's home clash with Nice.

"Neymar hates losing and, of course, he is sensitive to everything that is said about him. It has an influence.

"I can only say it is easy to judge someone like Neymar, who has a very big heart. We would like him to show his heart. That would be good for us."

PSG will be without Kylian Mbappe against Nice after his own three-match ban for a red card in the final was confirmed.

Tuchel was unsure of the involvement of Layvin Kurzawa and Edinson Cavani, while Thiago Silva, Thilo Kehrer and Thomas Meunier remain out of action.

Thomas Tuchel does not see any issues regarding his future at Paris Saint-Germain as he is as disappointed at the way the season has panned out as those above him.

PSG won Ligue 1 but have endured a dreadful end to the season, meaning they will finish the campaign with just one trophy.

Tuchel's men were stunned by Guingamp in the Coupe de la Ligue quarter-finals in January, before crashing out of the Champions League to Manchester United in the last 16.

Matters went from bad to worse last week when PSG, struggling to pick up results in the league, threw away a two-goal lead to lose the Coupe de France final on penalties to Rennes.

This run of results - including just one win in six in all competitions - has led to increased pressure on Tuchel, yet he believes everyone at the club is on the same page heading into a crucial transfer window.

"I always talk to the president and the sporting director," he told a news conference ahead of facing Nice. "They are not happy but that's normal because we're not happy either.

"They know we're doing our best to find a style, playing our game with a way of fighting on our best level.

"It is absolutely necessary to recruit reliable players to rebuild this team and provide competition. Everybody at the club has the same opinion. We must now work on this."

Tuchel again pointed to a small squad and a tiring schedule as he addressed the media on Friday.

But he acknowledged that PSG can still have no excuses if they draw the ire of the Parc des Princes fans on their return to south-west Paris, playing at home for the first time since the shoot-out defeat to Rennes.

"It is possible that there will be a reaction from supporters at the Parc," he said. "We lost a final after leading 2-0 - it was totally our fault. We have to accept these reactions."

Thomas Tuchel again referred to Paris Saint-Germain's lack of depth as the root cause of a 3-2 defeat away at Montpellier. 

PSG were outplayed for long periods in Tuesday's Ligue 1 clash and were fortunate to be in front through Angel di Maria before late strikes from Andy Delort and Souleymane Camara gave Montpellier a deserved win. 

The Ligue 1 champions were architects of their own downfall as Presnel Kimpembe put through his own net in the first half and a Leandro Paredes error let to Camara's late winner. 

But, as has been the case so often this season, Tuchel pointed to the limitations of his group and the strain on his players in order to explain these mistakes. 

"There were too many individual mistakes," he told a news conference. "It is not possible to make simple mistakes [and win]. We made three. 

"But the situation is still the same. We only have 15 players, including two who are at the training centre. This is how it has been since January. 

"It's too much. We have players who are being used too much. That's the situation. At our level, that's not good enough. There is not enough competition." 

Kimpembe has been poor of late and endured a tough outing besides his own goal, but Tuchel would have liked the opportunity to rest the centre-back. 

"I feel sorry for Presnel," the coach added. "He has always been playing in recent weeks, but yes, this was a complicated match for him. 

"If players are in a comfort zone, it is because there is not enough competition. 

"Colin Dagba has shown exceptional state of mind, I must say. He has played every three days. For others, this is normal." 

PSG have now won just one of their past six games in all competitions, losing the Coupe de France final on penalties to Rennes, to put a dampener on another Ligue 1 title success. 

Thomas Tuchel insisted he wants to continue as Paris Saint-Germain head coach amid growing pressure following the club's Coupe de France capitulation.

PSG squandered a 2-0 lead in the final as the French champions lost 6-5 on penalties to Rennes following Saturday's 2-2 draw in Paris.

While PSG retained their Ligue 1 crown in Tuchel's first season, they surrendered a first-leg advantage in a shock Champions League last-16 elimination at the hands of Manchester United.

PSG also lost in the Coupe de la Ligue quarter-finals as pressure mounts on former Borussia Dortmund boss Tuchel.

However, Tuchel told reporters post-game: "Of course I want to continue!

"It's too early to take stock. I have to think for a few days. This is not an easy situation."

Goals from Dani Alves and Neymar put PSG 2-0 ahead inside 21 minutes before Presnel Kimpembe's own goal prior to half-time gave Rennes some hope.

Mexer's 66th-minute equaliser forced extra time, where PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe was sent off as Rennes eventually triumphed in the shoot-out.

"It's difficult to explain, also for me, because we made a good start to the game, very strong, very structured, with many qualities and many opportunities," Tuchel said.

"We had a lot of chances throughout the game. But after leading 2-0 it's hard to explain. For me it is a great disappointment to lose the second half 1-0. I have no explanation."

Mbappe was sent off for a poor high challenge on Damien Da Silva and Tuchel added: "Mbappe had many opportunities to be decisive. 

"He had some problems on Friday, he stopped the last training because of some muscular problems. Maybe it was in his head, because normally he is very reliable in this kind of match, a final. 

"Usually, he is decisive. But today, he lacked a little confidence and the red card at the end, normally it is not him, but it remained in his head [the muscle problem]."

Page 1 of 14
© 2018 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.