Tuchel cites Juve’s Champions League drought

Thomas Tuchel has cited the Champions League drought of Italian Champions Juventus, in defence of his Paris Saint-Germain record.

Tuchel’s debut season could not prevent the French giants suffering another last-16 exit last month.

The last French team to win the European Cup/Champions League remains Olympique Marseille in 1993.

Teams like Lyon and Monaco have tried to end the wait for European success for French football fans but it all ended in a 4-0 humiliating defeat by Mourinho’s FC Porto in 2004 against Monaco.

French Champions PSG have invested heavily to compete with the squad but they have fallen short of quality when they face their European counterparts something most experts have linked to the lack of competitiveness in Ligue 1.

However, Tuchel called out two-time winners Juve after they extended their own winless run in the competition since 1996, in defence of PSG’s record.

Champions League favourites Juve were equally dumped out of the competition by Ajax despite having “Mr Champions League” Ronaldo in their ranks.

“The Champions League is an objective, but Juventus have also been waiting for a long time to win it again,” he told BeinSport.

“Our objective remains to win a League and cup double every season. The first one has been accomplished and if we win the French Cup then this season will be positive.

“The campaign has shown that we’ve worked hard. We must beat Rennes on Saturday.”

PSG wrapped up the Ligue 1 with a comprehensive 3-1 victory over Monaco thanks to Kylian Mbappe’s hat-trick.

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