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PSG: Inzaghi could replace Tuchel after Leonardo scouts Lazio

The PSG sporting director was in Rome this week running the rule over Lazio and was impressed by the Italian's work with the Serie A side.

Lazio head coach Simone Inzaghi reacts during the Italian championship Serie A football match between SS Lazio and FC Internazionale on February 16, 2020 at Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy - Photo Federico Proietti / DPPI
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PSG’s 2-1 defeat away at Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League could prove costly for Thomas Tuchel if the German tactician fails to overturn the deficit in the Parc des Princes in the return leg with the Ligue 1 giants facing the prospect of a last-16 exit for a fourth consecutive season.

Tuchel has faced criticism of his decision not to play Neymar in the run-up to the opening game at the Westfalenstadion, not least on the part of the Brazilian who admitted he was not at his best while his coach said he “lacked rhythm.”

The German’s stock has been falling with the PSG board of late and the feeling is that if Dortmund go through to the quarter-finals it could spell the end of Tuchel’s tenure in Paris and according to l’Équipe Parc des Princes sporting director Leonardo has already been running the rule over a potential replacement: Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi.

PSG impressed by Lazio's Inzaghi

Ciro Immobile and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic celebrate victory over Inter Milan.
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Ciro Immobile and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic celebrate victory over Inter Milan.FILIPPO MONTEFORTEAFP

The Italian has spent his entire coaching career at the Rome club, serving as youth team manager and then as caretaker before assuming the role on a permanent basis in 2016. This season, he has The Eagles in contention for a first Serie A title since 1999-00 with his side a point behind leaders Juventus, who were also outfoxed by Inzaghi in the final of the Supercoppa Italiana in December.

Leonardo was in Rome to watch Lazio’s 2-1 victory over Inter the French daily reported and was said to have been impressed by what he saw. The PSG sporting director was also keeping an eye on Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who is also a target for the Ligue 1 side along with Montenegro international Adam Marusic.