Category Archives: Ligue 1

PSG: Thomas Tuchel tops list of managers to replace Unai Emery

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Former Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel is in prime position to become Paris Saint-Germain’s next manager after further meetings between his representatives and officials from the French champions.

Tuchel, 44, has been out of work since leaving Borussia Dortmund in May 2017, and could replace Unai Emery by the end of the season despite the Spaniard sealing his first Ligue 1 title at the weekend with a 7-1 thrashing of Monaco.

Meetings to finalise details on his prospective contract are scheduled for this week, with Emery linked with a return to Sevilla when he finally departs the Parc des Princes.

Tuchel has been a target for Bayern Munich as a replacement for the interim manager Jupp Heynckes but indicated he was not interested, with Bayern’s chief executive, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, telling German broadcasters ZDF on Monday that “he will almost certainly be going to PSG”.

PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi had denied that any agreement had been reached after his club sealed their Ligue 1 victory, but their comprehensive 5-2 aggregate defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League last 16 under the Spaniard is believed to have convinced him of the need for change.

“If we had signed with someone, we would have announced it to you,” he told Canal+. “Today we have a coach who was on the pitch. We are very honest; we have a coach today who works with us, with a contract until the end of the season.

“Let’s be positive tonight, we’ve done a lot of positive things. We’re champions, it’s a wonderful thing, I thank everyone. And the season is not over yet, there is the cup to win. The Champions League is our big goal, but it’s not easy. We work hard, but the other clubs do it too. We are very proud today.”

Tuchel spent two years at Dortmund after five at Mainz and was widely admired for the job he did in replacing Jurgen Klopp at the Westfalenstadion. The team played attractive football and reached two cup finals, winning the second one, as well as being Bayern Munich’s main challengers in the league.

Paris Saint-Germain wins Ligue 1 title after stylish rout over Monaco

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Paris St-Germain regained the Ligue 1 title in style after an emphatic 7-1 victory over defending champions Monaco at the Parc des Princes.

The leaders gathered an unassailable 17-point lead over second-placed Monaco to reclaim the French top flight title with 5 games left.

Dani Alves crossed for Giovani Lo Celso in the 14th minute and he tapped home to begin the rout. Edinson Cavani then added a second with a powerful header from Julian Draxler’s cross before Angel Di Maria scored the pick of the goals; with Danijel Subasic advancing from his line, the Argentine winger calmly lobbed the ball over the Monaco goalkeeper.

Lo Celso then nodded in Javier Pastore’s cross to give PSG a 4-0 lead after 27 minutes but Rony Lopes reduced the deficit when he finished at the back post.

Di Maria then steered the ball home after smart play by Pastore and Monaco’s misery was complete when Radamel Falcao put through his own net from a corner before Draxler added a seventh on the counter attack.

PSG has already beaten Monaco 3-0 in the Coupe de France final at the end of last month and this performance was even more emphatic.

Former Barca player Neymar did not appear to be in attendance at the Parc des Princes, but told Brazilian media earlier on Sunday that he is “recovering well” from his foot injury and “feels no pain.”

“I am stepping little by little,” he said. “I cannot walk freely without the shoe, but I am in treatment, I am working out at the gym too.”

PSG denies plans to hire Unai Emery’s successor

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Paris Saint-Germain has rejected claims the club is ready to sack their head coach, who has come under fire after suffering Champions League elimination.

According to club sporting director Antero Henrique, Unai Emery remains the coach of Paris Saint-Germain and the Ligue 1 leaders are not talking to potential successors to the Spaniard.

While PSG is taking their first steps towards a domestic treble in Saturday’s Coupe de la Ligue final against Monaco on Saturday, rumours about Emery’s future beyond the end of the season have intensified since his team was knocked out of the Champions League by Real Madrid.

There are also players in the Ligue 1 club who expects Emery’s departure, including right-back Thomas Meunier, who has played a bit-part role this season under Emery, said during international duty with Belgium he expects PSG to have a new coach for next season, while Angel Di Maria predicted “big changes” at the club.

Henrique, however, remains staunch that any reports claiming that PSG are talking to Emery’s potential successors are not accurate.

“Every day we are confronted with information about the PSG coach,” Henrique said.

“To be clear: the coach of Paris Saint-Germain is Unai Emery, he has a contract with the club and this is not the time to talk about this subject. We are in an important phase of the season, we have a lot of work to do to reach our goals and we need to be focused and engaged.”

“No coach can say that he has spoken with us or is engaged with us for the future. All supporters of Paris Saint-Germain must know that only the club is authorised to communicate official information.”

Ligue 1 referee who kicked player banned for six months

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Ligue 1 official Tony Chapron has been suspended by the French Football League (LFP) for six months for kicking Nantes defender Diego Carlos during a 1-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain.

In the late stages of the game in January, Carlos charged forward to join a Nantes counter-attack and clipped Chapron’s heels — clearly accidentally — sending the official tumbling to the ground.

However, Chapron retaliated and swung a kick out at the Brazilian before giving Carlos his marching orders with a second yellow card as the player complained.

The match official’s actions were immediately criticised by Nantes players after the game, with midfielder Valentin Rongier calling for him to be given a lengthy suspension.

“I don’t think Diego did it on purpose because he’s not a bad guy, and after the referee gets up and kicks out at him from the ground,” he said. “He dared to tell me that he slipped but I know he struck him. I know it’s difficult to referee, but they have to question themselves from time to time. If a player did that, we’d be banned for 10 matches. I hope the pictures speak for themselves.”

A retrospective review then saw Carlos’ red card quickly overturned by LFP officials, while the Chapron was suspended while the disciplinary committee investigated the situation.

However, despite the LFP having decided on the full extent of the referee’s punishment, half of his penalty has been suspended.

“After hearing Mr. Tony Chapron and reading the official’s report, the commission decided to sanction him with six months of suspension, three of which were suspended,” a statement on the website of the French football governing body read.