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Mauricio Pochettino at PSG makes sense to so many people


Paris Saint-Germain are obviously in a generous mood this Christmas as they are expected to give manager Thomas Tuchel – who led them to the Champions League final last season – a pink slip; How nice.

According to various reports, PSG have chosen to suspend Tuchel’s tenure at Parc des Princes after a disappointing start to the season, and they are already lining up former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino as his replacement.

It’s an extremely surprising move, but at the same time, it all makes so much sense.

Mauricio Pochettino
Pochettino in Paris could be fascinating | Srdjan Stevanovic / Getty Images

Let’s start with the obvious: Pochettino is an exceptional manager who has been out of work for over a year and spends even more time at home if he doesn’t take a job quickly.

Interestingly, the news of Pochettino’s transfer to PSG comes as normal contenders Manchester United and Real Madrid have regained confidence in their managers. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Zinedine Zidane are not going anywhere soon, and Pochettino knows it now.

If he remained silent and waited for one of these clubs to come to him, he would risk falling into anonymity. After all, if he’s such a good coach, how can he be out of work for so long? He needs a job soon, and PSG have come to strike at the right time.

Fortunately for Pochettino, PSG is not just any club. In European football, they are as close to a guaranteed trophy as you are likely to find.

Paris Saint-Germain v RC Strasbourg - Ligue 1
PSG regularly wins trophies | Xavier Laine / Getty Images

The Argentine is highly respected by most, but a common criticism of his career is his major lack of silverware. Despite all the hysteria he created during his time with Spurs, he actually has nothing to show.

PSG, who have dominated French football for the best part of the decade, are set to win the treble every year and are also among the favorites to play in the Champions League. Even if Pochettino can’t add the biggest prize in Europe, he will surely start building his trophy cabinet soon enough.

He is also already familiar with PSG, having spent two years as a player there between 2001 and 2003, and this affinity with the club is believed to have played a role in his decision to take the job.

So it works for PSG and it works for Pochettino, but who else does it work for?

Dele Alli, Mauricio Pochettino
Pochettino is close to Alli | TF-Images / Getty Images

And Dele Alli?

There is a subtext here that needs to be explored. PSG were keen to land Dele over the summer and have retained their interest as Tottenham midfielder’s struggles under Jose Mourinho continue.

PSG are now set to bring in the man who turned Dele into an England international and made him look like one of the most valuable midfielders on the planet. Tell me if it’s a coincidence.

If PSG needed an extra incentive for Dele to pick them, it just might be that they just found her.

What is that? Want another player who could benefit? Then continue: Christian Eriksen.

Christian Eriksen, Mauricio Pochettino
Eriksen is likely to be on the move | Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA / Getty Images

Inter have already confirmed that the Dane is free to leave the club in January and that he is expected to sign for someone under a cut-price deal, and now a move to PSG may well have floated his priority list.

At Spurs, Pochettino turned Dele and Eriksen into true superstars. They were competing for the Premier League title and reached a Champions League final, but still needed a bit I do not know what to take them to the next level.

Kylian Mbappe and Neymar would Probably Help me.

Paris Saint Germain v Istanbul Basaksehir - UEFA Champions League
Mbappe & Neymar could contribute to Pochettino’s success | Xavier Laine / Getty Images

If PSG weren’t already fun to watch, bringing in Pochettino will make them one of the staples in Europe, and the possibilities in the transfer market are tantalizing.

Even if Dele and Eriksen don’t find their way to the Parc des Princes, Pochettino’s expansive and attacking football will play out well in Paris. He’s turned an above-average Spurs team into something special, but imagine what he can do with an already elite group of players.

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