The former international tricolor is very complimentary about the likely future coach of Paris Saint-Germain.
Mauricio Pochettino at PSG? “A gift”, relishes Luis Fernandez, on social networks. And the former international tricolor is well placed to talk about the one who is announced to replace Thomas Tuchel on the bench of the club of the capital, him the former player and coach of Paris Saint-Germain, he who coached the former – Argentinian international defender twice. He first attracted him to Paris, in January 2001. And then to Espanyol Barcelona, in January 2004. And the native of Tarifa thus describes the player he was, in comments reported by France Football : “The perfect defender. Mauricio was about work, preparation, someone very careful. He can’t help but mark you. Me, he marked me. I always took it as a reference. When you have him as a player, it’s blessed bread. Serenity, tranquility. It was Mr. Clean. ”
Espanyol, Southampton, Tottenham… and Paris?
Remember that Pochettino wore the colors of Newell’s Old Boys and Espanyol before joining the French capital. He then moved to the Girondins before responding to Fernandez’s call. It was at Espanyol that he ended his playing career in 2006, before embracing that of coach. With… Espanyol first, then Southampton and Tottenham. His record? None. But the 48-year-old Argentine technician still lifted Spurs to second place in the Premier League and in the Champions League final. It’s not nothing … And it’s well worth a title.
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“You just had to ask the French players: he was very appreciated, very much loved as a coach and as a person”, says Luis Fernandez, always for FF, evoking the years of his former colt on the Tottenham bench, between 2014 and the end of 2019. And to add: “I really like the man and I admire his career as a trainer. He deserves it. I haven’t heard a few complain about the man and the coach he is. ” A man close to others but demanding, a builder, hardworking coach who loves the game, the beautiful game.
“When you have a trainer like Mauricio, you want to fight for him, we want to play for him”
It remains to be seen whether Mauricio Pochettino will be the appropriate character to ensure the succession of Thomas Tuchel on the Parisian bench. A priori, Luis Fernandez does not have too much doubt about this. “He knows the house, he knows the club. It gathers. Players will love it. He has this human side, this approach, this exchange to put them in the best possible position so that they can express themselves. He really likes PSG, he always told me that. His time at the club was something he enjoyed. He appreciated the supporters and the supporters also showed him this affection. There is a good connection. Pochettino is a style where he manages to mix everything you like when you are a football player. When we have a coach like Mauricio, we want to fight for him, we want to play for him, we want to do things for him. ” Pochettino has been free since his departure from Tottenham at the end of 2019. His appointment to Paris is, it seems, only a matter of time.