Ancelotti, Emery and Tuchel: three former PSG coaches at the quarter-finals of the Champions League

Like Karim Benzema, the irony hits Paris Saint-Germain three times. The Paris frontrunners had already witnessed the successes of Thomas Tuchel (Chelsea) and Unai Emery (Villarreal), winners of the Champions League and the Europa League respectively in 2021. This season the two former Paris coaches took the victory from their round of 16 C1, like Carlo Ancelotti. While PSG got stuck at the gates of the quarter-finals.

Ancelotti: the executioner

In May 2013, Carlo Ancelotti took the decision not to extend his adventure in the Parc des Princes. A C1 title won with Real (2014), spells at Bayern (2016-2017), Naples (2018-2019) and Everton (2019-2021), he is once again face to face with PSG. In the skin of the executioner. His Real is far from impregnable, but he came out in a group consisting of Inter Milan, Chakhtior Donetsk and Sheriff Tiraspol. Between 5 wins, the Merengues lost three points against the surprising Moldovans (1-2).

Leaders of La Liga, they appear in the Parc des Princes and are suffocated by the Parisian dry cleaners. Pochettino’s men put in all the necessary ingredients to go (1-0). Mbappe thinks he’s put the lid on Paris qualifying by opening the scoring in the second leg, but a dumpling from Donnarumma spoils the recipe. Benzema, Ancelotti’s providential man at Thibaut Courtois, comes to frustrate Paris with a hat-trick. The Italian coach is in the quarters and leaves PSG to his old demons. And to the possible regret that I couldn’t keep it 9 years ago.

Tuchel: take revenge

“At PSG I felt like the Minister of Sport. I also had to manage relatives and friends of the stars. At Chelsea I work much calmer. † In three sentences launched during Sport Week, Thomas Tuchel summed up the lack of serenity he faced in Paris. Named in July 2018, Champions League finalist in August 2020, the German coach was fired over Christmas, after a success against Strasbourg (4-0). He joined Chelsea in early 2021, winning the C1 and laying his leg to the Blues collective in record time.

Tuchel has revived the careers of some players, such as Rüdiger, and continues to drive the London club forward in the European Cup. Chelsea finished second in their group, behind Juventus, who dominated 4-0 in the return leg. Faced with Lille, one of the most affordable opponents this round of 16, the Blues show efficiency in the first leg (2-0). On the return to Pierre Mauroy, Yilmaz makes Chelsea hesitate for ten minutes. Time for Pulisic to equalize, before Azpilicueta qualified in the quarter-finals (2-1).

Emery: the rebound in Villarreal

Emery suffered much in Paris. The comeback of Barcelona (4-0, 1-6) and the loss of the title in 2017, then a year later elimination against Real Madrid (1-3, 1-2). The Spaniard left the club at the end of his contract in the spring of 2018 and is looking to bounce back at Arsenal. The springboard doesn’t work, Wenger’s succession is too heavy to assume. Direction Villarreal. Failing in the Europa League final with Arsenal against Chelsea (1-4), he won his fourth C3 at the wheel of the yellow submarine against Manchester United in 2021.

During this evening, finished on penalties (1-1; 11-10), Rulli stopped the effort of David De Gea, his equal as goalkeeper. And Unai Emery can still thank his Argentine goalkeeper. Against Juve, in the round of 16 second leg of C1, it was the keeper who kept his team in the game until half-time. In the second half, the realism of Moreno, Torres and Danjuma did the rest (3-0). Villarreal is in the quarter-finals after a track marked by a “sixteenth final” beating Atalanta (3-2) on the last day of the group stage.