In the current context of the PSG, marked by many difficulties, Thomas Tuchel prefers not to venture too much. In a press conference before the last game of the season, this Friday in Reims (21 hours), the coach has not guaranteed that Neymar and Mbappé would still be PSG players next season. If the world of football urges caution, these statements put on alert.
What is your personal assessment of this season that is coming to an end?
THOMAS TUCHEL. It's always my goal to grow and learn. That's why I'm here. It was a big step for me to work in a different language. We won, now it's only the beginning. The last phase in this season was a bit difficult but we played very hard for a very long time. We did an analysis, the club knows it. We must improve. We have not finished our work here.
Are you going to put Kylian Mbappé in the best conditions to try to snatch the Golden Shoe, when he needs four goals to hope for?
Four? Pff … I have to think because I did not know it. It's hard to say we want Kylian to score four goals. It would be disrespectful to our adversary. It's a goal for Kylian, but it's not realistic to push for four goals. It's a little too much. I will think if we talk to my team about this or not. I'm sure Kylian knows that and is ready to try.
How did you react to his statements at the UNFP Trophies?
I was a little shared … He has big goals, he has a lot of confidence. He decided to make this speech. He has ideas. He is very intelligent, he knows what he does and when he does it. On the other side, he is invited to take responsibility. Everyone is. We do not need to make a speech, everyone is invited every day: be on time, eat professional, sleep professional, play professional. He's a special guy, he wants to score, score, score, have all the titles. We must accept. It's not personal, I'm not angry. It's not a problem to take responsibility. I can not take my head because of this speech. I speak with Kylian every day. He knows what I want and what I think about him, the things he can improve.
Did you expect so many hot shots this season, between the Rabiot set aside, Neymar's blow on a spectator, Mbappé's media release?
It's a goal to stay more united, more focused. Not only the team and the staff, but the club too, to be more strict and clear. One must go in one direction in order to achieve the objectives.
The indictment of Nasser Al-Khelaïfi she worried you?
At this moment no, because I did not speak with the president about this thing. I trust him. If it's serious or serious for the club, he will not tell me. If he does not say anything, I'm not worried.
Can you confirm 100% that Neymar and Mbappé will stay at PSG?
We are in football and everything can happen. I am not naive, we are attentive. Even if I say "yes" here in this press conference, there are many things that can happen. The transfer window is crazy. Many clubs want to transfer a lot of players. I do not know. If you ask me if I absolutely want both to stay, clearly, yes. Everyone knows it. We will wait and if it is not the case on the other side, we will find solutions.