#SoccerSaturday: Mauricio Pochettino Confirmed As New PSG Coach. What To Expect?
Happy New Year everyone and welcome to another #SoccerSaturday!
2021 is here finally and we are looking forward to move on from 2020. I know at least one man in this world is excited to be off the unemployment list after a long spell. Who may that be? No other than Argentine soccer coach, Mauricio Pochettino!
Breaking News! – Pochettino Confirmed as PSG New Boss!
OFFICIAL: PSG announce Mauricio Pochettino as their new manager 😲 pic.twitter.com/hwYkFoTCaH
— B/R Football (@brfootball) January 2, 2021
2021 started with a bang for the young and brilliantly talented Argentine coach, Mauricio Pochettino! Mauricio was announced today by PSG as the replacement for recently fired coach, Thomas Tuchel.
Pochettino comes to PSG after nearly 2 years since his sacking from Tottenham. However, one can’t simply judge Pochettino from his last season with a team that he basically built from scratch and now are coach by undoubtably one of the best coaches in the world. Yes, no other than the Special One, Jose Mourinho.
While many remember Pochettino from having been one of Espanyol’s biggest legend, some also remember that he played for PSG for a short sting but he made it worthwhile. Yes! Mauricio Pochettino signed with PSG for an undisclosed fee back in the 2000-2001 season where 3 days later from his signing with the club, the Argentine netted his first goal for the Parisian club. Later in the season, his own contributions led PSG to winning the 2001 UEFA Intertoto Cup and helped PSG reach the final of the Coupe de France that year as well.
Aside of having been a club legend, Pochettino’s career as a head coach has been unfairly judged by a bust of a season with Tottenham.
Pochettino signed a 5-year deal back in 2014 with Tottenham. It was in that same year where Pochettino took a gamble to bring a youngster out of the Tottenham Youth Academy to replace Spanish forward, Roberto Soldado. Guess who that Youngster was, no other than Harry Kane.
In less than a year, Pochettino’s style of coaching put Tottenham in contention of winning the Premier League but a tied game in London against Chelsea boosted Leicester City to win the title. 2016 came around the corner and the likes of Dele Alli, Kane and Eric Dier were principle pieces of the England Men’s national Soccer Team that in this day and age is feared by many.
Fast forward to 2019, Pochettino brings Tottenham for their first time to the Champions League! Unfortunately, they fell to a powerful Liverpool side in Madrid but to finish 2nd for the first time competing in Champions League football, I don’t know of many teams that can say that in their history.
So What Can We Expect from Pochettino at PSG?
Oh yes, the million dollar question we are all wondering about.
Personally, I think for Pochettino this is the opportunity to boost him or sink his career. The Argentine will be tasked with keeping the talents of Neymar and Mbappe in Paris. However, should those two leave Parc des Princes there are some moves we can expect Pochettino to make. Here are some I’d like to share with you:
Dele Alli Reunion with Pochettino
We can all see this one coming! The relationship between Pochettino and Alli is a strong one that would bring so much value to PSG. Alli’s youth and ball-passing skills would shine thru, this would then create a super team to come to the French League.
With Crystal Palace struggling to find pace in the Premier League, it may be time to consider allowing Zaha to move on.
Wilfried Zaha is a talented forward and his demand will be large come January. PSG will not back down from pouring money into this signing and it would be one to bring a great return on investment if you ask me.
2021 is about to bring a great potential for further improvement to Paris St. Germain. While the Parisian side is in contention in UEFA Champions League, don’t be shocked should this side find its way to the finals of said tournament. I personally counted them out of Champions League due to their on-going struggles under Tuchel’s management but with Pochettino in command, much can be expected.
If you are a PSG Fan, I know for sure you must be excited as you should be!
~Diego Galvis (@Diego_TheDJ & Podcastcard on Twitter).
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