Over the past two summers, Paris Saint-Germain has spent £338.85million with the aim to not only dominate France, but to also reach European football’s summit. This season they’re more than likely going to win Ligue 1 but on Tuesday, the French champions-elect were dumped out of the Champions League by Real Madrid in embarrassing fashion.
Despite having stars like Neymar, Angel Di Maria, Edison Cavani, Kylian Mbappe and Julian Draxler at their disposal, PSG has failed to reach the Champions League quarter-finals yet again. The blame lies at Unai Emery’s feet and the Spaniard could well be jobless come the summer.
Here’s who could replace Unai Emery at Paris Saint-Germain.
The Italian has made it abundantly clear this season that he’s not completely happy with the higher-ups at Chelsea. It’s reported that officials at the club have bought players the manager didn’t agree with, thus forcing him to coach a squad he doesn’t believe in.
Fast forward a few months and Chelsea now sit 5th in the league, a staggering 25 points behind league leaders Manchester City. It’s incredible to think the Blues won the title last season and now they’re so far off the pace. That sort of drop off can only be attributed to internal struggles.
The PSG opening offers Antonio Conte the perfect high calibre job to maintain his successful career. In France, Conte could dominate the land’s football, thus re-branding the style PSG are known for. In the Champions League, the Italian already has pedigree, and with the attacking talent in the French capital, he could take them the pinnacle of Europe.
Since parting ways with Borussia Dortmund, Thomas Tuchel has enjoyed the blissful lifestyle that unemployment brings. However, being the man he is, Tuchel would jump at the chance of managing PSG. The German’s high-octane style, combined with his youth-based philosophy could mean a real transformation in the French giants’ fortunes.
With the financial resources they have, PSG will always dominate Ligue 1, but they’ll need a more innovative approach to win the UCL. Tuchel’s energy and vibrancy would breathe life into the Parc des Princes allowing the 44-year-old to raise his own managerial profile on a global stage.
As one fairy tale ends, another could begin for the Frenchman. Whether Arsene Wenger approves of it or not, his time at Arsenal is rapidly nearing its climax. The fans have turned against him, the board is unsure of his competence and the players have seemingly lost all faith in him. Four successive defeats on the road have declared the Frenchman’s position as untenable and Wenger is now looking for an escape route to save face.
It’s common knowledge that Wenger is good friends with PSG president Nasser Al-Khelafi, as he regularly seeks the 68-year-old’s advice. The Arsenal gaffer is a cult figure in France and a life back in Paris would be the perfect retirement party for the three-time Premier League winner. I know Wenger claimed he would never manage another club after Arsenal, but at this rate, he may not have a choice in the matter.