Will Pochettino be able to find his salvation at the Ligue 1 giants?

Will Pochettino be able to find his salvation at the Ligue 1 giants?

Many football fans were not surprised when Spurs chose to part ways with Pochettino in November 2019. The fact that he had managed to hold on this long was applaudable. The sacking had come in response to a horrible domestic performance by Tottenham, which had them reeling at the 14th position in the League table. The fact that he managed to lead Spurs to their first Champions League final was also not good enough a reason for the Tottenham Board to retain him. Even after this sad turn of events, the reputation he had earned as a manager remained strong, and he was finally hired as PSG’s new manager, giving birth to the Pochettino project. But the question still stands, as to whether he will be able to rise to the expectations of the PSG board, or have another disgraceful exit?

Mauricio Pochettino was named as PSG’s next head coach immediately after Thomas Tuchel was fired owing to disagreements with the club’s Board. Tuchel has been at odds with the PSG administration for some time, and his relationship with the Sporting Director, Leonardo has been tumultuous, but the decision to release him had still come as a shock, since he had led them to a league title and the Champions League final the previous season. The task facing Poch now was a monumental one. To emulate the same level of success from the get-go can be considered a taxing venture for any individual. But, unlike Tottenham, the Ligue 1 giants have been known to fully support the plans formulated by their manager, as long as the results kept coming.

At Tottenham, Pochettino had the luxury of slowly building a squad that could challenge for European glory, but the demands at PSG were to become starkly different. The Board, which had already spent unnatural sums in transfers over the year, demanded results. Pochettino realizes that the club wishes for European glory and considering that it boasts a squad valued at just above a billion euros in the transfer market, it cannot be called a fools’ errand.

The club had sadly lost out on a Champions League triumph the previous season at the hands of the Bavarians, Bayern Munich. Despite this loss, it is as clear as day that PSG has become a formidable foe in the European scene, and it is now with a certain assurance that pundits cite them as favorites to win most of the major trophies. But, having said all this, the team is still prone to slip-ups, which ended costing them dearly last season, when they lost their iron grip on the Domestic title, letting Lille beat them to the Ligue 1 title. After this huge upset, questions began to naturally rise as to whether Mauricio Pochettino is the man that would lead PSG to glory.

But, after the transfer window that PSG has had, these speculations have largely been put to rest. Mauricio had realized that his new club is well fitted to fund all his projects at the club, to give him all he needs to guarantee success, and this transfer window, he has left no stone unturned in acquiring the players he needs to lead his team to great success. From signing the likes of Sergio Ramos, one of the most established Spanish defenders in history; Wijnaldum, the Dutch Central Midfielder who had managed to show the world his quality during award-winning campaigns by an emphatic Liverpool side; and Donnarumma, the 22-year-old Goalkeeper, who had just managed lead his nation Italy to the Euros triumph by putting on dazzling performances in goal; all on a free transfer, to acquiring the services of one of the most promising right-backs in world football currently, Achraf Hakimi, from Inter Milan for a deal worth 68 million euros, PSG have managed to outdo themselves. And, to top it all off, they have managed to pull off the nigh-impossible, by acquiring arguably the best footballer in football history, Lionel Messi, on a free transfer.

With such success in transfers, there is no doubt that this PSG side would be competing for and winning several accolades. Pochettino has always been known to be a great manager, it was that lack of resources that held him down in his previous project. But now, with full backing from the club, and an All-Star roster of players, you cannot help but believe that he will manage to secure a place in the Manager Hall of Fame. It would be exciting to witness the path down which Mauricio Pochettino leads his team. The only question is, will the Pochettino project take flight this time, or will it go up in flames again? Only time will tell.

Many football fans were not surprised when Spurs chose to part ways with Pochettino in November 2019. The fact that he had managed to hold on this long was applaudable. The sacking had come in response to a horrible domestic performance by Tottenham, which had them reeling at the 14th position in the League table. The fact that he managed to lead Spurs to their first Champions League final was also not good enough a reason for the Tottenham Board to retain him. Even after this sad turn of events, the reputation he had earned as a manager remained strong, and he was finally hired as PSG’s new manager, giving birth to the Pochettino project. But the question still stands, as to whether he will be able to rise to the expectations of the PSG board, or have another disgraceful exit?

Mauricio Pochettino was named as PSG’s next head coach immediately after Thomas Tuchel was fired owing to disagreements with the club’s Board. Tuchel has been at odds with the PSG administration for some time, and his relationship with the Sporting Director, Leonardo has been tumultuous, but the decision to release him had still come as a shock, since he had led them to a league title and the Champions League final the previous season. The task facing Poch now was a monumental one. To emulate the same level of success from the get-go can be considered a taxing venture for any individual. But, unlike Tottenham, the Ligue 1 giants have been known to fully support the plans formulated by their manager, as long as the results kept coming.

At Tottenham, Pochettino had the luxury of slowly building a squad that could challenge for European glory, but the demands at PSG were to become starkly different. The Board, which had already spent unnatural sums in transfers over the year, demanded results. Pochettino realizes that the club wishes for European glory and considering that it boasts a squad valued at just above a billion euros in the transfer market, it cannot be called a fools’ errand.

The club had sadly lost out on a Champions League triumph the previous season at the hands of the Bavarians, Bayern Munich. Despite this loss, it is as clear as day that PSG has become a formidable foe in the European scene, and it is now with a certain assurance that pundits cite them as favorites to win most of the major trophies. But, having said all this, the team is still prone to slip-ups, which ended costing them dearly last season, when they lost their iron grip on the Domestic title, letting Lille beat them to the Ligue 1 title. After this huge upset, questions began to naturally rise as to whether Mauricio Pochettino is the man that would lead PSG to glory.

But, after the transfer window that PSG has had, these speculations have largely been put to rest. Mauricio had realized that his new club is well fitted to fund all his projects at the club, to give him all he needs to guarantee success, and this transfer window, he has left no stone unturned in acquiring the players he needs to lead his team to great success. From signing the likes of Sergio Ramos, one of the most established Spanish defenders in history; Wijnaldum, the Dutch Central Midfielder who had managed to show the world his quality during award-winning campaigns by an emphatic Liverpool side; and Donnarumma, the 22-year-old Goalkeeper, who had just managed lead his nation Italy to the Euros triumph by putting on dazzling performances in goal; all on a free transfer, to acquiring the services of one of the most promising right-backs in world football currently, Achraf Hakimi, from Inter Milan for a deal worth 68 million euros, PSG have managed to outdo themselves. And, to top it all off, they have managed to pull off the nigh-impossible, by acquiring arguably the best footballer in football history, Lionel Messi, on a free transfer.

With such success in transfers, there is no doubt that this PSG side would be competing for and winning several accolades. Pochettino has always been known to be a great manager, it was that lack of resources that held him down in his previous project. But now, with full backing from the club, and an All-Star roster of players, you cannot help but believe that he will manage to secure a place in the Manager Hall of Fame. It would be exciting to witness the path down which Mauricio Pochettino leads his team. The only question is, will the Pochettino project take flight this time, or will it go up in flames again? Only time will tell.

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