Paris Saint-Germain ‘lost two years’ of progress when they appointed Unai Emery as their head coach, the agent of Chelsea new-boy Thiago Silva has claimed.
Emery, the former Arsenal boss, arrived in France after enjoying great success with Sevilla, where he won three Europa League titles.
And despite claiming two domestic trebles at the Parc des Princes, the Spaniard was ultimately seen as a failure after PSG twice went out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage.
And Silva’s agent Paulo Tonietto, who recently facilitated the veteran defender’s move to Stamford Bridge, believes they would have reached that goal more swiftly had they not appointed Emery in the first place.
“PSG lost two years the day they recruited him,” the agent told L’Equipe. “His problem is that he has trouble managing the stars. In Paris, it was the players who solved the situation after Neymar and [Edinson] Cavani clashed on-field over a penalty. When he went to Arsenal, the first player he got angry with was Mesut Ozil
“He’s a good coach to play in the Europa League, not the Champions League. The suit was too big for him. He was a terrible coach for PSG.
“If there had been a coach of another calibre during these two years, PSG would have already won the Champions League.”
The kingpin agent also reflected on PSG’s humiliating 6-1 second-leg loss to Barcelona in 2017 – match now known as the ‘Remontada’.
“The person foremost responsible for the Remontada is Emery,” the agent added. “He put Angel Di Maria on the bench. When he came on, the team played better before the final collapse.
“Against Real Madrid in a 3-1 loss in 2018? Emery made bad changes by putting Dani Alves through the middle to bring in Thomas Meunier. At the same time, Zinedine Zidane brought on Marco Asensio, who was decisive.”