‘When we won it was due to individual talent and if we lost it was the coach’s fault’: Mauricio Pochettino SLAMS Paris Saint-Germain as ‘the most ungrateful club’ in explosive interview discussing his sacking in July
- Mauricio Pochettino took charge of PSG for 18 months but was sacked in July
- He won a French Cup and Ligue 1 title but failed to deliver a European trophy
- The manager has now slammed PSG as the ‘most ungrateful club’ in football
- Pochettino felt he was blamed for losses but received no credit for wins
Mauricio Pochettino has called Paris Saint-Germain ‘the most ungrateful club’ after being sacked as their manager in July.
The former Tottenham and Espanyol manager led PSG for eighteen months and won a French Cup and Ligue 1 title, but was sacked after failing to secure a European trophy for the club.
He was replaced by Christophe Galtier for the 2022-23 season, and is yet to take a new job in management.
Mauricio Pochettino has spoken out against PSG as the ‘most ungrateful club’ in football
The manager also spoke of the difficulties he faced juggling various world-class talents
Speaking to Radio Marca, Pochettino made it clear he felt undervalued in his time as PSG boss. When asked if they were the most ungrateful club, the manager said: ‘Totally agree. Everyone underestimates the work of the coach. When we won it was due to individual talent and if we lost it was the coach’s fault.’
The 50-year-old’s side included a plethora of world-class talents including Lionel Messi, Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria.
He went on to discuss the difficulties he faced juggling the egos and talents brought together in Paris.
The manager was sacked by PSG in July and has not yet taken a new managerial post
Pochettino added: ‘A team club model was created. It was a very difficult challenge to complete that model, with many unknowns. All those personalities, with that talent, in a team has only happened in Paris.
‘The model needed time. Players who came from the Copa América, from the Euros, injuries, a new city, culture… we found ourselves with nine or 10 players who were captains of their teams.’
The Argentinian manager has spoken before about struggling to manage so many world-class players in one team. He told Relevo: ‘For Barça to have Messi or for Madrid to have Cristiano is a blessing. But when you bring in too many players who all need their spot and be number one, there can be confusion.’
Pochettino continued: ‘In the end, when you play, there are 11 players with one ball. There was a penalty, and who takes it? It is not even a decision of the coach.’