Mauricio Pochettino Refuses to be Dragged into Speculation About Zinedine Zidane Succeeding him at PSG

Mauricio Pochettino Refuses to be Dragged into Speculation About Zinedine Zidane Succeeding him at PSG

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12 Feb 2022
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Mauricio Pochettino declined to be dragged into speculation that Zinedine Zidane may replace him at PSG but praised the Frenchman as a “fantastic coach.”

Pochettino has been heavily connected with the Old Trafford job, which is now held on an interim basis by Ralf Rangnick until the summer.

Pochettino’s future at PSG is uncertain after reports surfaced that he wanted to return to Tottenham Hotspur last summer. However, he turned criticism of former Real Madrid manager Zinedine onto PSG owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi and sporting director Leonardo.

When asked if he views Zidane as his replacement after he goes, Pochettino told Cadena SER, ‘I don’t know, it’s not up to me to decide.’ ‘Zidane is a fantastic coach, as he demonstrated at Real Madrid.’ He has the ability to train any trainer in the globe. He’s also French. That’s a question for the athletic director or the president to answer. Look, how many rumors came out of me (when I was) in England while Zinedine Zidane was at Real Madrid?

‘When we take over a club with the prominence of PSG, we understand the responsibility that comes with the job. That must be understood; otherwise, I would not be here in front of you as PSG coach right now.’

Pochettino has had a mixed season at PSG, which started with the club still hurting from last season’s Ligue 1 title loss to surprise winners Lille.

PSG now leads Ligue 1 by 13 points, but they were knocked out of the French Cup by Nice at the end of last month, and they face Real Madrid in the Champions League last-16 in February.

Pochettino’s departure from Paris at the conclusion of the season is unlikely to happen before the end of the season, with the Argentine coach saying he is ‘100%’ focused on the French giants right now. ‘Like (Atletico Madrid manager) Cholo Simeone, I move step by step,’ he added. ‘I believe you should savor the moments.’ We can’t be thinking about what will happen next.

‘We have to be focused and concentrated on what we have right now, because football will do whatever it wants with us later.’

 

‘We have a responsibility to do our best and give everything we have for the club we work for.’ We are completely focused on PSG and delivering the joy that this club expects from us.’

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