Paris St Germain sacks head coach Thomas Tuchel

Paris: French champions Paris St Germain have sacked coach Thomas Tuchel, with the side sitting third in the league standings, the Ligue 1 club said in a statement on Tuesday.

German Tuchel, who led PSG to the Champions League final in August which they lost to Bayern Munich, was dismissed on Christmas eve following a 4-0 win over Racing Strasbourg.

I would like to thank Thomas Tuchel and his staff for everything they brought to the club, PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi said.

‘Thomas has put a lot of energy and passion into his work and of course we`ll remember the good times we shared together. I wish him the best for his future.’

PSG have 35 points from 17 games, one point behind league leaders Olympique Lyonnais and Lille, and are through to the last 16 of the Champions League, where they face Spanish side Barcelona.

Tuchel, 47, was appointed PSG boss in 2018 and guided them to two Ligue 1 titles along with a domestic quadruple in his second season at the club.