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Pochettino starts at PSG with no time to waste

  • Andy Scott

    Agence France-Presse

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Paris, France   /   Tue, January 5, 2021   /  10:20 am
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Argentinian coach Mauricio Pochettino looks on during the UEFA Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at the Wanda Metropolitan Stadium in Madrid on June 1, 2019. (AFP/Ben Stansall)

Mauricio Pochettino got on well with Diego Maradona and Ronaldinho during his playing days and his relationship with another global footballing superstar in Neymar will be key to his chances of success at Paris Saint-Germain. The Argentine this week begins his reign as coach of PSG, where his brief is to get the best out of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe and go one step further than his predecessor Thomas Tuchel. Sacked with six months left on his contract, Tuchel is unlikely to be missed by supporters of the Parisian club despite leading them to the Champions League final for the first time in their history. The German won the Ligue 1 title in each of his two full campaigns in charge and a domestic quadruple last season to go with the historic European run. Pochettino, in contrast, has never won a trophy as a coach but his credentials are clear. The 48-year-old is f...