Pochettino in staggering Spurs return link, Argentine blames schedule on PSG title loss

Pochettino in staggering Spurs return link, Argentine blames schedule on PSG title loss

Pochettino blames schedule on PSG title loss

Lille won their first title in 10 years after overcoming the odds and Paris Saint-Germain to secure Ligue 1.

After the final match, a sombre Mauricio Pochettino was asked about losing the race and blamed the side’s fixture schedule.

“I think it’s important to put everything in context and to look at what happened in January,” Pochettino said. “We arrived and had no time to work, but we were welcomed really well by the club and the players.

Pochettino in staggering Spurs return link, Argentine blames schedule on PSG title loss

Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian forward Neymar walks off the pitch at the end of the first half during the UEFA Champions League second leg semi-final football match between Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on May 4, 2021. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“We were playing every three days and we made it to the semi-finals of the Champions League, beating Bayern Munich and Barcelona. We won the Trophee des Champions and the Coupe de Franc, which was important for the team.

“But Paris Saint-Germain will always be disappointed when finishing in second. We need to use the experience for the future of the club and of course to change things.

“It’s important for the club to improve and we believe that we can get better. We are going to work hard for that to happen.”

PSG have work to do in the summer to build a squad to try and reclaim the French league. Lille will likely see a number of players targeted by clubs elsewhere, maybe even PSG themselves.

The Champions League has always been the priority ambition and could see their old coach achieve that this week.

Levy regrets Poch sacking

Spurs sacked Pochettino after 5 years and no trophies. Reports suggest chairman Daniel Levy has admitted to some he ‘made a mistake’ in getting rid of the former Southampton boss.

Pochettino took over from Thomas Tuchel at PSG earlier this season, who has since gone on to take Chelsea to the Champions League final.

Spurs meanwhile have fallen and finished in 7th place outside the Europa League spots and will be the inaugural English side in the UEFA Conference League next season.

Pochettino in staggering Spurs return link, Argentine blames schedule on PSG title loss

Tottenham Hotspur’s English striker Harry Kane celebrates scoring their first goal to equalise 1-1 during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on May 23, 2021. (Photo by MIKE EGERTON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

It is said Pochettino would be open to a return although the timing feels strange considering how long he has been in France. Leaving PSG could be looked at as one of the biggest failures to not win the French title during a full season.

Pochettino’s decision though will ultimately be his but the likes of Graham Potter and Nuno Espirito Santo have also been linked with the vacant Spurs role.

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