President of PSG between 2008 and 2009, Charles Villeneuve (79) evokes the difficult period of his former club after his defeat in the Champions League in Leipzig and the criticisms which fall on Thomas Tuchel.
What is your view on the current situation of PSG?
CHARLES VILLENEUVE. They don’t have what it takes. The tandem formed by Zidane and Migliaccio ( Editor’s note: Zidane’s agent ) taught me an essential thing: behind a big n ° 10, you always need a big n ° 6. Marquinhos is not a natural No.6. By pushing Danilo back a notch and advancing Marquinhos, who demonstrated his talent behind, Paris is making things more difficult. You may have to wonder what the players’ support for this formula is.
Have we entered directly into the famous November crisis of PSG?
The elements of the crisis were gathered before, this summer, during the defeat in the Champions League final in Lisbon.
Thomas Tuchel’s choices would surprise some players, he is criticized by the press and supporters … Has he lost all credit since this summer?
This is precisely what I would like to know. It is one thing for the press to criticize him. But instead of the leaders, I would worry about the opinion of the players, in order to know if they are still behind the coach. The elements of divorce may exist, but it’s when they deepen that there is a real problem. If the players do not understand the coach’s choices, there is a breach. It must not increase. But for me, the tumor is in the middle. Before talking about an adjusted or out of adjustment rocket, let’s talk about the launch pad, it is this which is defective.
What should be the role of a president in these troubled times?
I have never had to face this type of situation, I don’t know how to handle this type of crisis. But if from the start it does not stick between the sports director and the coach, we can expect that there is a problem. We see the result in the behavior of the team.
Is the solution necessarily to change the coach?
I repeat myself: in addition to discussing with the sports director and the coach, I would go to the locker room before making a decision. But I’m not in a good position to say what to do. I don’t think I would change much.
How do you restore order without changing anything?
They are professionals, they will find the solution, trust them.
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