Soon inducted as PSG coach, the 48-year-old Argentine technician has his work cut out for him.
On the field or outside, Mauricio Pochettino will not be entitled to an observation round. With the resumption of training on January 3 and that of Ligue 1 on the 6, a week before the Champions Trophy and a month and a half before the return of the Champions League, there is no time to waste . Overview of the main projects that await the (very likely) successor of Thomas Tuchel on the bench of PSG.
To have the ear of the players, and in particular of the stars, but …
It seems obvious, but the first job of Mauricio Pochettino, whose appointment as coach of Paris Saint-Germain is no doubt, will be to tame his new group. But also to impose itself on the players and to pass its messages. The boss will be him. And he will have to make it known. Remembering Pochettino player and captain, it’s in his strings. From a linguistic point of view, it should not be difficult to make himself understood, with a large part of the locker room speaking Spanish. Tuchel had opted for calinotherapy during his first Parisian weeks. And him ? Good news: the group is living well. “It’s not something you can control,” he said in 2016 of teamwork. You can’t say all at once, “Guys, you must all stand together, love and respect each other.” But it is important to serve as an example. That’s what I tried to do when I arrived at the club. For example, I always shake hands with people I meet to say hello. ” The Covid-19 having been there, an elbow or fist salute will be sufficient.
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Forge strong ties with Leonardo and management
As in Dortmund, Tuchel has chosen to lead his boat as he pleases, even if it means offending his superiors. This is not what is most recommended to work in peaceful conditions … “For me, the club is at Camp des Loges”, said the German coach recently. Implied: “I am very far from the direction”. Charges Pochettino to find common ground with Leonardo and company. It will only get better for it. And it is up to Leonardo and company to make the players understand that the boss on the pitch is Pochettino. Give and take.
Find the magic formula to avoid injury
Planed preparations, overloaded calendars, Covid-19… The playing conditions are at the very least particular within football Europe. And as Tuchel has rightly indicated in recent weeks, PSG is even less varnished than other clubs in the Old Continent. No other team has had to deal with the stoppage of its championship, an epic until the final of the Champions League, a resumption just after the “Final8” and almost all matches at 9pm. It remains to be seen whether the staff has some responsibility for the avalanche of injuries that befall Paris. Because if the muscle glitches have increased sharply since the start of the season, it is a real slaughter for PSG. During the last match, against Strasbourg (4-0), the Rouge et Bleu were deprived of ten players! In these conditions, you shoot too much on some players, others come back too quickly, and it’s a vicious circle. Mauricio Pochettino and his staff will have to rethink everything to stop this black series.
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Give back the smile and the desire to the group
There is physical fatigue at PSG, and that’s normal. No time to make new preparations or to cut between the “Final 8” and the resumption of Ligue 1. But the most sensitive, it is perhaps mental fatigue. A few weeks ago, Kylian Mbappé summed up the situation as follows: “Sorry to say it, but in my mind and that of all the players, this is not a new season, but the continuity of the previous one.” After this mini winter break and with a new coach, a new speech, new methods, no more excuses. The season is really starting now for the Parisian stars, with FC Barcelona in their sights in February and March. In any case, that will be Pochettino’s mission: to get his team back on track and give them back a taste for the game, for competition. The change is now.
Give PSG a real identity
With Max Allegri, we shouldn’t have expected a big show in Paris. With Mauricio Pochettino, we can believe it. With a big pressing and strong collective virtues, the will to start again from behind and intensity at all levels. “Each coach and his staff have their own style of play, and the most important thing is to try to be consistent in what you do. There’s no point practicing a certain style if you don’t necessarily believe it and if it doesn’t make you smile. Things can change, but the important thing is not to lose sight of your ideas, ”promises the Argentine. It remains to impose all this on players who are surely not used to making so much effort, whether in matches or during training sessions. The former PSG captain is indeed known to be very, very demanding in this area, his game depends on it.
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Raise the Big Ears Cup
Obviously, all this must lead to results. And when we talk about sporting goals in Paris, it is necessarily a question of the Champions League… On February 16, PSG will go to Barcelona for their round of 16 first leg. Return three weeks later, on March 10, at the Parc des Princes. This is the top priority. Taking back the reins in Ligue 1 is another. At the end of the 17th day, the reigning triple champions of France occupy third place in the standings. Good news ? Pochettino will have the opportunity to lift a first trophy in his third match at the head of the capital club, with the Champions Trophy on January 13, in Lens. In addition, it will be against the Marseille rival. A dream opportunity to put the supporters in the pocket from the start … Before that, ASSE and Brest will be on the menu on January 6 and 10, in Ligue 1.
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