Is there any point in replacing Pochettino? PSG seems like a ship with too many captains and those who would like to become one, and there are too few real estates that would arrange things and enable the ship to continue sailing in the right direction.
At this moment, it ran aground on a desert island and it seems that there is no machine that would start him. For the tenth time in a row, Paris Saint-Germain has failed to achieve what has been set as an express goal since the beginning of the era of Nasser Al Khelaifi in 2011, which is the Champions League trophy.
They were closest to the goal in that tournament system in Lisbon in the 2019/2020 season, when they were defeated by Bayern Munich in the final. They played the quarterfinals four times, the eightfinals four times, and in the 2020/2021 season.
were eliminated in the semifinals.
Maruricio Pochettino is the fifth coach at the helm of the Saints since the arrival of Al Khelaifi at the helm, after Carlo Ancelotti, Laurent Blanc, Unai Emery and Thomas Tuchel. Each of his predecessors was reprimanded for the fact that the much-coveted trophy was not found in the windows of the stadium in Princes' Park, so the Argentine was the first to be hit after last night's shipwreck at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Many presidents would replace him immediately, there is no doubt that sooner or later it will be waiting for him in the City of Light, should the question be asked what will radically change in the club and within the team when he leaves? Nothing can be said about Pochettino's knowledge of football and his coaching profession.
The only thing that is obvious is that he did not fully manage to impose his coaching authority in the locker room. But which coach could do something? How to make everyone satisfied with a team with so many stars, when those who would be starters in every other team, get minutes on a spoon.
Leonardo on the match
We can't even imagine how hard it is to tell one Angel di Maria that he is not a player for the first team, and you know that there are not many better players in Europe in his position in the team? "We shouldn't throw everything in the trash.
We shouldn't start from scratch after every defeat. The goal was to win the Champions League, and by the second half we were doing just fine." "We have to look to improve this team and maintain morale in "Ligue 1, so that we can finish the season well."
"We need to stay together." Pochettino is still part of the project for this season. It is not the time to think about it," said sporting director Leonardo after the elimination in Madrid.
Paris Saint-Germain is probably the only serious club in Europe in which three players practically do not play defense at all.
Messi and Neymar do it very recreationally, Mbappe sometimes tries to track someone up, but without too much contact. It is a clear idea to destroy the opponents from the counterattack, but imagine what it is like for defenders Achraf Hakimi and Nuno Mendes, when practically no one in the defense doubles them.
Danilo and Paredes are trying to do that, who spend a lot of energy, but with opponents like Real Madrid, it is impossible not to go unpunished.