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Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti has become the latest former player to criticise Unai Emery after his departure, saying the squad have re-found their smile since his exit. The Spanish coach, now in charge of Arsenal, won the Ligue 1 title during his final season in Paris, though had several spats with players and was criticised for their failure to challenge in the Champions League. Defender Thiago Silva has already taken a swipe at Emery, and now Verratti has also criticised his former manager’s cold style.
‘This year, we have a good relationship with the coach and the staff,’ Verratti told Le Parisien. ‘Each manager has a different way of doing things with his players, of making them understand things. Sometimes with Emery, things were quite difficult.’
Probed further on whether the difference related to their personalities, Verratti continued: ‘Yes I think so. ‘Tuchel isn’t playing around… but coming to a training session with a shut-off face, that doesn’t work. We have found our smile again, we had lost it a little.’
PSG have won all eight of their Ligue 1 matches and sit top of the table with maximum points, eight points clear of nearest rivals Lille. As well as Thiago Silva and Verratti aiming digs at Emery’s lack of man management skills, Spurs winger Lucas Moura was also critical of his former manager’s conduct when he left him out of the squad for months.