Tottenham Hotspur and Mauricio Pochettino underlined their growing credentials in Europe by defeating Real Madrid 3-1 in the Champions League. The performance was so clinical that Spanish media was quick to pick up rumours about Real’s interest in Pochettino.
However, according to Spanish journalist Josep Pedrerol, Madrid are not really interested in Pochettino.
There are already reports in the Spanish and English media that the Argentine is being tracked by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez as Zidane’s potential replacement.
Madrid are also reportedly interested in Harry Kane and Dele Alli – two of the most prolific Spurs players under Pochettino. The Los Blancos were reportedly eyeing Kane as a replacement for the aging Cristiano Ronaldo.
There are contrasting reports on who the real target for Madrid is – Pochettino or Kane. But, Pedrerol seems to have thrown more light into the matter by claiming that Pochettino is not in the picture.
Zidane must be feeling all the pressure in the world considering the poor start to the season his team has encountered. They have already fallen 8 points behind arch-rivals Barcelona and the Champions League loss at our hands only made matters worse.
However, that doesn’t make Zidane a bad coach in the eyes of Perez, no matter how quick he is at sacking managers. It is still widely believed in the Spanish capital that Zidane will be given time to set things right.
But, if results don’t improve and Zidane fails to lift the performances at the Santiago Bernabeu, Perez may be forced to play his hand and sack Zidane. Pochettino will come into the picture then.
Pochettino is enjoying life in North London and has often indicated that he enjoys the freedom he gets at the club. Even Daniel Levy has mentioned that he would tie Pochettino to Spurs for life time, if given a chance.
So there is no doubt that Pochettino would stay at Spurs for the next 2-3 years even if Real Madrid came calling. Beyond that, it could be touch and go!