Mauricio Pochettino is in talks with Tottenham about a return to the club that would see him leave Paris Saint-Germain after less than six months in office. The Argentine was appointed to the Parque de los Príncipes in January, signing a contract until June 2022, with the option of one more year, after being fired by Spurs in November 2019. He was replaced at Tottenham by José Mourinho, who led the club to sixth place in his first season before being fired in April 2021.
Pochettino led PSG to the French Super Cup and the French Cup but failed to deliver the Ligue 1 title, losing to Lille by one point. They reached the semi-finals of the Champions League after beating champions Bayern Munich and Barcelona in the Round of 16 but missed a second consecutive final after a loss to Manchester City in the quarter-finals. In addition to coaching PSG, Pochettino also spent two and a half years at the club as a player after arriving from Espanyol in 2001.
Despite being in talks with another club, Pochettino told the PSG website on Thursday: “With this way of working, and with the desire to develop other types of ideas on the pitch, it will be possible to do great things in the future. . . “I think that in football you are never satisfied because perfection does not exist. But we always look for that satisfaction that we cannot find, because I always believe that football challenges you every day and that from season to season you have to be better and better ”.
Pochettino also said that he and his players had missed playing in front of the fans, adding: “This is something that I hope will be resolved soon and we will be able to have this strength again and with our fans, create this bond that makes the better team and it will help us to achieve the goals we have set for ourselves ”. Despite being fired by Spurs in 2019, Pochettino remains a popular figure in North London after spending more than five years as the club’s manager.
He arrived from Southampton in 2014 and led them to the Carabao Cup final in 2015 and the Champions League final, for the first time in the club’s history, in 2019. Pochettino also oversaw the Premier League title challenges in 2015-16 and 2016-17,
Although Spurs were dominated by Leicester and Chelsea on those occasions. If Pochettino left PSG, he would leave them in search of their third coach in less than a year. Pochettino joined the club as a replacement for Thomas Tuchel, who was fired in December 2020 despite leading them to their first Champions League final a few months earlier.