Ligue 1 – Footy http://www.footy.to/ Your Daily Football NEws Source Sun, 03 Jan 2021 17:49:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.16 Mauricio Pochettino is appointed the new Paris Saint-Germain manager after sacking Thomas Tuchel http://www.footy.to/2021/01/02/mauricio-pochettino-is-appointed-the-new-paris-saint-germain-manager-after-sacking-thomas-tuchel/ http://www.footy.to/2021/01/02/mauricio-pochettino-is-appointed-the-new-paris-saint-germain-manager-after-sacking-thomas-tuchel/#respond Sat, 02 Jan 2021 22:22:42 +0000 http://www.footy.to/?p=31134

Mauricio Pochettino has been appointed Paris Saint-Germain’s new manager, replacing the sacked Thomas Tuchel following a difficult start to the domestic season.

Pochettino is back in management just over a year after his sacking at Tottenham, whom he had led to the Champions League final the season before but he has only been handed an 18-month contract on a deal that runs until June 2022. There is an option to extend for a further year.  

He was seen at PSG’s training ground on Saturday and was announced shortly after 3pm as the French champions new boss.  

Mauricio Pochettino is back in management with his former club Paris Saint-Germain

Pochettino has replaced Thomas Tuchel, who was sacked after PSG's 4-0 win over Strasbourg

Pochettino has replaced Thomas Tuchel, who was sacked after PSG’s 4-0 win over Strasbourg

In a statement, Pochettino said: ‘I am really happy and honoured to become the new coach of Paris Saint-Germain. I would like to thank the Club’s management for the trust they have placed in me. 

‘As you know, this club has always held a special place in my heart. I have wonderful memories, especially of the unique atmosphere of the Parc des Princes. I return to the Club today with a lot of ambition and humility, and am eager to work with some of the world’s most talented players. 

‘This team has fantastic potential and my staff and I will do everything we can to get the best for Paris Saint-Germain in all competitions. We will also do our utmost to give our team the combative and attacking playing identity that Parisian fans have always loved.’ 

The Argentine has been out of a job since he was sacked by Tottenham in November 2019

PSG were on the hunt for a new manager after dismissing Tuchel on Christmas Eve, just hours after securing a 4-0 win over Strasbourg in Ligue 1 – and four months on from guiding his side to the Champions League final. 

Pochettino met up with PSG chiefs on Christmas Eve and has now finalised a sensational deal to take over at the Parc des Princes, after biding his time to find the right project following his Tottenham sacking.

Chairman Nasser Al-Khelaïfi said on the appointment: ‘I am proud to see our former captain returning to Paris Saint-Germain, as the Club has always remained his home. 

‘The return of Mauricio fits perfectly with our ambitions and it will be another exciting chapter for the club and one I am positive the fans will enjoy. 

‘With the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino, Paris Saint-Germain is committed to continue to build and move the club forward over the coming years.’ 

Pochettino will be raring to get going with the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar at his disposal, as he looks to make a seamless return to football management following five years with Spurs. 

The Argentine manager played for the Ligue 1 giants between 2001 and 2003 before moving to fellow French side Bordeaux.  Pochettino previously admitted back in 2016 that it would be his ‘dream’ to take over in the French capital.  

Pochettino will be raring to get to work with Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Co in Paris

Pochettino will be raring to get to work with Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Co in Paris

He previously told RMC Sport: ‘One day I would like to train PSG. It’s part of my dreams. It’s a club that I follow a lot. I try to see all the matches. Especially in the Champions League.

‘I spoke with Jean-Louis Gasset (assistant to then manager Laurent Blanc) several times. Come back to Paris one day, why not?’

The 48-year-old has been out of work for 14 months since being replaced by Jose Mourinho at White Hart Lane, and was previously considered as future options for Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona.

But he has now taken the reins at PSG, and there will be great expectancy on his shoulders to deliver the goods from the off.

During his five years with Tottenham, Pochettino turned Tottenham into Champions League regulars after a brilliant transformation of his side. However, trophies eluded him in north London before he was dismissed following a horror run of form at the start of the 2019-2020 campaign. 

A completely different task lies ahead in Paris with the wealthy French club desperate to clinch the Champions League after years of domination domestically. 

The Argentine played for the Ligue 1 giants between the years of 2001 and 2003

The Argentine played for the Ligue 1 giants between the years of 2001 and 2003

There will be huge pressure on Pochettino’s shoulders to deliver the biggest prize of all, which is the only trophy currently missing from their cabinet.  But while European glory is at the forefront of PSG’s minds, Pochettino will need to immediately resolve the club’s Ligue 1 fortunes.

Having won seven of the last eight Ligue 1 titles, it was widely expected that PSG would romp to glory once again this campaign.

But they certainly haven’t had it all their own way, sitting third in the table – a point behind leaders Lyon and Lille.

Pochettino’s first match in charge of PSG is expected to be against Saint-Etienne on January 6 following the conclusion of the league’s winter break. 

In Tuchel’s three years at the club, he won back-to-back Ligue 1 titles, the Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue and the Trophee des Champions twice. He took charge of 127 games and won 95 of those, giving him an impressive 74 per cent winning average as boss. 

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Mauricio Pochettino was announced as Paris Saint-Germain boss on an 18-month deal on Saturday and now the work begins to turn Neymar and Co into Champions League winners.

Pochettino has been without a club since parting company with Spurs last year but ended his time off the touchline on Saturday as he became the manager to succeed Thomas Tuchel, who was axed on Christmas Eve.

The Argentine declared he is full of ‘ambition’ at the new project and with the January transfer window now open, all eyes will be on how Pochettino looks to alter the make-up of his side. 

Mauricio Pochettino has been appointed as the new manager of Paris Saint-Germain

The French giants have not had it all their own way so far this season, having already lost more league games than they did in the entirety of the 2019-20 Ligue 1 campaign. They currently sit third, a point behind leaders Lyon and Lille. 

PSG were also forced to work hard to qualify for the latter stages of the Champions League after losing two of their opening three group games.  

Here, Sportsmail looks at the issues Pochettino now needs to address having taken the reins in the French capital.

Lack of leadership

The loss of Thiago Silva has undoubtedly left a hole in the side, particularly from a leadership standpoint.

The club’s former captain joined Chelsea on a two-year contract earlier this summer after spending eight years at the Parc des Princes and he has not been replaced.

Silva may be 36 but the role he had in that dressing room cannot be overstated.

Marquinhos has taken the armband and he’s a fine defender, but he’s not the sort of commanding presence his predecessor was.

The French champions have missed the leadership of their former captain Thiago Silva

The French champions have missed the leadership of their former captain Thiago Silva

The French giants conceded four more goals in the group stages of the Champions League than they did last term, where they only let in two.

More alarming is the manner in which they have been conceding, sloppy defending too often to blame. 

The team has plenty of stars but they lost their true general and Pochettino needs to address that.  

Issues up front 

PSG may boast one of the finest arrays of attacking players in the world but there are times when the team is missing that top level traditional No 9.

They let one go, of course, with all-time top scorer Edinson Cavani allowed to join Manchester United on a free at the end of last season.

Tuchel himself admitted the club ‘could have made a mistake’ in letting the proven goalscorer go. 

Edinson Cavani was allowed to join Manchester United but it may have been a mistake

Edinson Cavani was allowed to join Manchester United but it may have been a mistake

Often it’s just Neymar and Kylian Mbappe up front but neither really takes up that central role, preferring to drift out wide and showcase their world class ability.

When the better teams double up on them, PSG’s attack can become stagnant, as we saw on a few occasions in last season’s Champions League run.

They have Mauro Icardi, who impressed last term, but he has been plagued by injury this time around.

The addition of another striker to the squad could prove invaluable, offering them a Plan B and a way to free up space for their two star men.

Kylian Mbappe (left) and Neymar (right) could benefit from the presence of a traditional No 9

Kylian Mbappe (left) and Neymar (right) could benefit from the presence of a traditional No 9

Win over the dressing room

Tuchel may have fallen out with PSG sporting director Leonardo but he remained a well-liked figure in the dressing room.

A popular manager is always a hard act to follow, especially when the team is full of superstars with big egos. 

Pochettino will have to earn the trust of some of his new players and things could go south very quickly if he doesn’t get his approach right.

Mbappe spoke in glowing terms of Tuchel after his ruthless dismissal on Christmas Eve. The French World Cup winner admitted it was sad to see the German depart, insisting his time in Paris will never be forgotten.

Posting on Instagram, Mbappe said: ‘It is sadly the law of football. Nobody will forget your time here. You wrote a wonderful part of the club’s history and I say to you: “thank you, coach.”‘ 

Tuchel (left) was liked by the players and Pochettino will have to win over some of them

Tuchel (left) was liked by the players and Pochettino will have to win over some of them 

January is vital

Many thought that PSG would invest heavily in the squad after coming so close to Champions League glory in August – but making Icardi’s deal permanent was the only move of any financial note. 

According to several reports in France, PSG boss Tuchel and Leonardo clashed over transfer targets to improve the squad. 

We’ve already discussed the potential benefits of bringing in a centre forward but the team is also crying out for a midfielder. Only Marco Verratti would fall into the elite category, and he’s prone to injuries.

Other than that, the players behind Neymar and Mbappe really aren’t even close to their level. 

And if they have any hopes of finally clinching the Champions League, Pochettino may just have to dip into the transfer market for a world-class creator. 

Marco Verratti is the only PSG midfielder that could be considered close to world class

Marco Verratti is the only PSG midfielder that could be considered close to world class

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