The French club should retain their Ligue 1 title but their German coach will be under pressure to break new ground in the Champions League
“He did not want to sing at the hotel so he will do it here in front of you,” exclaimed Marquinhos as Paris Saint-Germain’s players gatecrashed the press conference after the 4-0 victory over Monaco in the Trophée des Champions in China last weekend. Wiping away the spray of champagne from his brow, Thomas Tuchel took a deep breath and launched into his number, which turned out to be a not so tuneful version of Pharrell Williams’ 2013 hit Happy.
As initiation songs go, it certainly was not a patch on Gianluigi Buffon’s rendition of an Italian love song while standing on a chair wearing shades or even Kylian Mbappé singing into a bottle last September. Yet the joyful reaction of his players – led by the captain, Thiago Silva, and his Brazil teammate Neymar – told its own story.