Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has reflected on the “dark place” a defeat to Manchester United put him in during his time in charge of Paris Saint-Germain.
The German will face a familiar foe in the shape of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, live on Sky Sports, in what will be his fifth meeting with the former Red Devils forward in just over two years.
It remains honours even between Tuchel and the Norwegian with two wins apiece but one particular loss in the Champions League proved tough for the 47-year-old to swallow.
After a 2-0 victory at Old Trafford in the round-of-16 first leg on February 12, 2019, PSG were left stunned at Parc des Princes three weeks later when they conceded a penalty in stoppage time to suffer a 3-1 defeat and exit the competition on away goals.
Marcus Rashford’s stoppage-time penalty at the Parc des Princes in March 2019 saw Manchester United advance in the Champions League on away goals at PSG’s expense
Tuchel said: “I can be very honest, after that match I was two days in a very dark place and I can tell you I was not able to speak to anybody and to think about anything else than this defeat.
“That maybe was the worst defeat that I experienced because it came from nowhere. It was, in a way, in the circumstances that it arrived. I was for two days in a dark place for a coach to be at.”
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It remains the only time the former Borussia Dortmund head coach has felt that low after a result but he admitted it proved a crucial learning experience.
PSG were able to bounce back and win the Ligue 1 title months later. In the following European campaign, they almost completed the ultimate redemption but lost out to Bayern…