The new PSG coach Thomas Tuchel was introduced to the press today at 7 pm at the Parc des Princes in the presence of the President of Paris Saint-Germain, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi. The opportunity for the former Dortmund coach to speak publicly, for the first time, since the announcement of his arrival in Paris.
Nasser Al-Khelaïfi’s words for Thomas Tuchel
“The world of football knows Thomas Tuchel very well. His philosophy will appeal to the players, fans and media alike. Offensive football is in the DNA of our club. Many clubs wanted him, but he chose Paris Saint-Germain. I want to thank him.”
Thomas Tuchel first words in French (EN translation below)
“Bonsoir à tous et merci pour votre présence. Je suis très heureux d’être ici comme entraîneur de ce club exceptionnel, dans une ville magnifique. Par respect pour vous je vais faire ma première déclaration en Français. Nous devons veiller à prendre soin de la structure, jour après jour, dès le début. Il est trop tôt pour parler de victoires et de titres. C’est le début et nous serons prêt. Il est temps que ça commence. Je suis prêt à débuter demain mais il va falloir attendre jusqu’à juillet”.
“Good evening everyone and thank you for coming today. I am very happy to be here as coach of this exceptional club, in a beautiful city. Out of respect for you, I will make my first statement in French. We must take care of the structure, day after day, from the beginning. It is too early to talk about victories and titles. This is the beginning and we will be ready. It’s time to start. I’m ready to start tomorrow but we’ll have to wait until July.”
“We’re here to win, of course, but it’s too early to talk about big ambitions. We must already talk about small things. We must raise our level but we must already create a state of mind. When we have created the structure and spirit, we can progress and achieve our goals. But we have to work on the little things, that’s my belief.”
PSG locker room with all these big stars
“In my opinion, big players are the ones who work the most. They know what it’s like to always be at the best level. This season, we will have a difficult preparation but we have many players who have shown that they have the personality to adapt. I am not afraid of stars and big names.”
“Neymar? I met him last Sunday. It was very good! He is an artist, he is exceptional! Every artist has a special treatment. He is an exceptional player, I loved our meeting, I saw someone very nice. We immediately talked about football, tactics. I immediately saw a smile on his face and that’s what I want to see.”
Tuchel first meetings at PSG
“I met Camara last week and it was also a very good meeting. He will be in the staff. I also met Maxwell. It is an honour to meet these former players. It’s something I can work on. I was delighted to see the rest of the team and the sports director. I thank them because they allow me to bring back my own team. We want to adapt to the culture of Ligue 1 and PSG. “
Pep Guardiola and Manchester City model
“No, we are Paris. We have to be the best PSG possible. I want Paris to play as he knows how to do it. Guardiola is a reference for me. Beside me there will be Maxwell, someone able to develop a state of mind. When Guardiola worked in Barcelona, there was a particular state of mind. That’s what I want to create.”
“If the transfer window was closed today, I would be very happy. I trust the players who built this team. Sometimes you have to be patient, let grow young people. For now I am very calm, the mercato will come.”
The rumour Buffon
“I can not answer you in detail on this question. I do not want to start speculating. I can not imagine Juventus without Buffon. He is an incredible personality, a player with an exceptional career. We’ll see what happens, we’ll be patient. Right now, I already have goalkeepers.
“We know a lot of German players. This club and the city are very attractive. But first you have to get to know the players here and see what needs to be added. And the city? (In French) HERE IT’S PARIS! It’s the city of lights and love! My biggest wish is that the fans love the spirit of this team.”
President Nasser Al-Khelaïfi concluded this conference by referring to the next season. “For the style of play, the DNA of the club. We want to print a style of play for the academy. As the coach said, we want to progress on the small details, that’s what makes the difference in very large clubs. And win a lot of trophies for everyone, the club, the city and France.”
Translated and adapted from Canal Supporters