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Would it be the end of the world for PSG to lose Mauricio Pochettino?

With the iconic horse-chestnut trees beginning to come into leaf on the Champs Elysées, the time for decisions at the Parc des Princes draws ever nearer. Indeed, the summer of 2022 could see a change in the dugout for PSG with speculation around Mauricio Pochettino’s future increasing with every passing day. Of course, it’s been well documented that Manchester United have shown an interest in the Argentinian superstar, and if the 50-year-old were to leave for Old Trafford, he would do so having finally won Ligue 1.

At least, this is what the latest football odds for Ligue 1 predict with PSG at an astonishing price of 1/200 to win the French top-flight title. Should PSG go on to win the league, which looks like a foregone conclusion, then it would mean that Pochettino will go down in history as a capable figure who managed to get his hands on all three of France’s most prestigious club trophies. Let’s not forget his pivotal role overseeing successes in the French Cup and Super Cup. 

On paper, this would ordinarily suggest that Pochettino’s time at the Parc des Princes has been a roaring success, but the reality of being in the hot seat at PSG is that this is the bare minimum expected of the incumbent manager. In reality, what separates those from passing through France’s capital and the ones who will be remembered forever is winning the Champions League, which PSG have failed to do under Pochettino up until this point.

Admittedly, Pochettino and PSG came close in 2021 after being knocked out in the semi-finals by Manchester City, but that was followed up by an underwhelming campaign in 2022 when they were dumped out in the Round of 16 by Real Madrid. 

Take into account that PSG are seemingly moving in the opposite direction when it comes to finally reaching Champion’s League glory. Then also consider that under Pochettino’s watch, PSG also somehow contrived to come second in the league after Lille won the title during the 2020/2021 season. You do have to wonder if it would indeed be the end of the world if he were to move on sooner rather than later?

Whilst this may seem a harsh appraisal of the 50-year-old’s time in Paris, the inescapable reality is that the powers that be at PSG have provided the Argentine with arguably the best squad in the whole of Europe. Irrespective of this, the football tends to look laboured, and the players come across as being generally out of sync with each other.

Perhaps that is an argument against the club’s recruitment policy and not the manager and, of course, it’s important to keep in mind that PSG are currently cantering to the title but, as mentioned, this is more or less what the club does in Ligue 1 having won seven out of the last nine seasons.
The last point to consider is that you always get the unmistakable feeling that Pochettino is waiting on a return to the Premier League. With this in mind, you wonder how committed he is to the job in Paris and if the speculation around him and various English clubs over the years, has in some way, affected the performance of the team.

Whatever the eventual outcome, the growing amount of evidence indicates that PSG have underachieved with Pochettino at the helm, and it seems like a parting of ways wouldn’t be the end of the world for both club and manager.

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