Former Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel has a new job, and it’s a big one.
On Monday, Ligue 1 giants PSG would officially hire Tuchel to be their next manager. But here’s the thing: it’s only a two-year deal. And while Unai Emery would guide PSG to plenty of domestic success during his two seasons in charge, that’s not going to be enough for the French outfit. After all, they spend money like Manchester City does. Tuchel’s job will be to deliver a Champions League title.
That’s easier said than done, of course. There’s a reason Real Madrid and Barcelona are always within sniffing distance of the UCL crown. Hell, Madrid are going for their third consecutive title in that regard. But PSG just cannot seem to get over the hump. While Bayern Munich plays in a relatively easy league in Germany, the competition is stiffer all the way down the table than it is in Ligue 1. The same can be said for La Liga, despite Barcelona or Real often dominating. Not to mention, PSG just doesn’t have the squad depth to compete with these sides. They should, but the simply do not. And while they aren’t lacking in star-power, it simply isn’t enough.
That’s why it’s Tuchel’s job to make them take that next step. Is he up to the task? Will he have the control BVB didn’t give him? Will Neymar even stick around?
There are plenty of questions going into the 2018-19 campaign. And now it’s up to Tuchel to answer them all.