After taking off the 2022-23 season, former Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino has jumped back into coaching. The Argentine took over the Chelsea job this summer and hopes to turn the Blues around.
Chelsea is a few days from beginning the Pochettino era, and the 51-year-old recently spoke with The Athletic. Pochettino noted what he learned during his time in the French capital. Furthermore, he took a shot at PSG’s recruitment plan.
The main lesson he took from his coaching experience at PSG was prioritizing stability and vision in his next job.
“You can’t win if you don’t build nothing but bringing names and players,” Pochettino told The Athletic. “Liverpool won after very good years working hard and being consistent, Manchester City the same after seven years with Pep [Guardiola] and Madrid also.
“That is important to understand that, in general, who is going to win is the club that is more consistent, making a plan to try to win.”
Pochettino delivered three trophies in 18 months and a UEFA Champions League semi-final in his first half-season at PSG. However, many will remember him for a losing Ligue 1 title race to Lille OSC in 2021-22 and a Champions League round-of-16 collapse against Real Madrid.
It will be interesting to see if Pochettino can have a better stint at Chelsea than how he performed with the French giants.