Mauricio Pochettino is now in his third month as manager of Paris Saint-Germain. The Argentine manager has had his share of highs and lows, such as with the Champions League tie win over Barcelona and the team’s current second place standing in the league table.
Pochettino notes that there were plenty of expectations placed on him from the moment that he was officially announced as the club’s new manager. As Pochettino spoke to Le Parisien about, he does not feel any grand pressure with his current PSG run.
“We accept these circumstances,” Pochettino said. “We arrived in a situation in the middle of the season, with a reality of the moment for which we are not responsible. But we have never felt any kind of pressure. We know that we will be judged by our results.”
Considering that Pochettino joined the French powerhouse in the middle of the season, there have already been some comparisons between his managerial run to the work done by now-former PSG manager Thomas Tuchel. Still, Pochettino is not paying attention to such comparisons.
“But the fairest way is to compare two projects at their beginning,” Pochettino said. “We are in the middle of a project that is not ours. We are here to optimize and adapt to the reality that the club was living.
“It’s different to arrive as Thomas Tuchel or Unai Emery at the beginning of the season, with the possibility of establishing a pre-season strategy, to be able to change things, to decide which players arrive, which leave. From this moment, next year, I can be judged.”
Pochettino will surely be aiming to replicate Tuchel’s success from last season, which included winning Ligue 1 and the Coupe de France tournament coupled with a deep Champions League knockout stage run.
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