Thomas Tuchel fully supports his player Neymar but understands the feelings of the PSG fans.
The transfer saga of the summer of 2019 involved PSG, Neymar and Barcelona.
The player Neymar publicly declared he wanted out of Paris. Barca and Neymar let the whole world know that they wanted to reunite.
There were other clubs involved too, but the fact was Neymar wanted to leave PSG.
The club and city that had paid a world-record fee, lavished him in riches and adorned him with a hero’s status wasn’t enough.
The situation turned ugly at the first opportunity. The PSG fans were extremely vocal in their disgust at the Brazilians behaviour.
They sang, chanted, held up banners, took to social media, anyway that they could express their disdain they did it.
With the player having ended up staying and ultimately committing to the club, for the time being, he is now back in the fold.
While he has been inspirational on the field, fans are taking their time to warm back up to him.
In an interview with beIN, PSG manager Thomas Tuchel while in full support of his player but understands the hurt caused to the fans.
“It’s not a simple situation.”
“The fans express themselves and I totally understand it.”
“They have the right to express themselves.”
“They’re proud of their club and it’s not nice to hear one of your players say week after week that he wants out.”
“I’ve told him that we need to face this reality.”
“There’s pressure for him to act well and to change opinions.”
“Our relationship hasn’t changed.”
Tuchel wanted Neymar to stay and told the player so.
“I knew he wanted to leave and he knew I was against it, as it didn’t seem like the right time or the right decision to me.”
“As a coach, obviously I didn’t want to lose him.”
“But, in the end, we both knew the decision wasn’t for him or for me to make.”
“So it shouldn’t affect the way we work together.”
Ultimately though, the fact was neither player or manager had a whole lot of say in any deal if the power brokers couldn’t come to an agreement.
“The club’s position was very clear, that Neymar wasn’t to play until he said he would stay,” the coach revealed.”
“That helped me, as I could concentrate on the rest of the group.”
“I didn’t have to ask if he’d play or not because the decision was clear and came from upstairs.”
Tuchel is fully supportive of his player, regardless of what has happened. He would much rather have a team with Neymar in it than without.
“He is a really good guy, even if it might seem difficult to believe from the outside,” the coach said.
“I told him ‘you’re with me and I’m not going to leave you’ once it was all over.”