Leonardo, director of football at French football club Paris Saint-Germain, rebuked his German coach Thomas Tuchel after he publicly called for improvements to the team.
“We really did not like that,” Leonardo said on Friday evening, after St. Germain beat Angers 6-1 in the sixth round of the French League.
Last season, Saint-Germain won 3 local titles and reached the Champions League final, before losing to Bayern Munich.
Despite this, Tokhel has repeatedly called for new deals, but Leonardo said that the Corona pandemic crisis made things difficult financially.
“We live in a difficult situation, not only in football,” the former Brazilian national team player said, adding that the club recorded losses of about 100 million euros due to Corona.
“To stay in this club, you have to be prepared to suffer for it and to sacrifice yourself even when we are going through tough times,” Leonardo added.
Leonardo did not disclose whether the club would impose a penalty on Tuchel, whose contract with Saint-Germain continues until the end of the season, and said, “We will discuss internally what we will do.”
Saint-Germain signed only right-back Alessandro Florenzi and substitute goalkeeper Alexandre Lotille, while Edinson Cavani, Thiago Silva, Thomas Monier, Tangy Kouassi and Erik Maxime Choubou-Moting left.
The team adhered to the survival of the distinguished trio, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Angel Di Maria, as it is the first and second most expensive in the world in terms of market value for players.
“I am not saying that the team is weak, we are talking about a great team,” Leonardo said.