Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has once again spoken about his love for Paris St Germain. Pochettino played for the French club from 2001 to 2003. The defender may have made only 70 league appearances for the French outfit during this period, but he says that Paris has become a second home for him. When it comes to his playing days, Pochettino is best known for his time with Espanyol. He joined the Spanish club in 1994-95 from Newell’s Old Boys and went on to make 250 appearances in all competitions. This was followed by a stint to Paris, where he made almost 100 appearances before moving to Bordeaux.
Even though he returned to Espanyol a few years later, it was only as a short-term contribution before eventually hanging his boots. Perhaps, Pochettino is best known for his managerial career rather than his playing days. As a player, he managed to win the Copa del Rey twice with Espanyol. These two trophies were the only occasion that he won a major honour in European football. At Newell’s Old Boys, he managed to win the league in the 1990-91 season. Even though he is yet to win a trophy as a manager, Pochettino has already won the manager of the month award in the Premier league on three occasions.
The recent comments about PSG are likely to begin any transfer rumours straight away, but it is highly likely that Pochettino will be linked with the PSG managerial job at some time in the future.
“I try to watch all I can. And of course, PSG. My team is PSG – I love PSG. I spent nearly three years there. he told SFR Sport
“I spent some time, six months, with Bordeaux too but I was captain at PSG and that will always be special for me.”
“It will be a good game. Maybe I would like to go to Paris to watch the game – it will be a fantastic game.”
It is quite a high praise from the manager, but Tottenham fans are unlikely to fear much considering that has a contract with the club until the summer of 2021. Furthermore, his essence of management is to not spend big and focus on the players he has his disposal. It has worked like a treat at Tottenham, who have a strict wage structure and not much of transfer money to spend. It remains to be seen if this strategy will work out at a club like PSG, who are so intent on capturing the Champions League that the club are ready to spend vast sums of money.
The club appointed former Sevilla manager Unai Emery in order to lead them to European glory after Laurent Blanc had failed the club in this aspect. However, Blanc did bring in several league titles for the club. Upon arriving in France, Emery has found it difficult to even challenge for the domestic title. PSG are second in the French league and are already three points behind Monaco. PSG are up against Barcelona in the last 16 of the Champions League.