Mauricio Pochettino has spoken out over his exit at Tottenham and revealed the only thing that matters to his bosses at new club PSG.
Pochettino was named PSG boss at the start of the year. He has signed a contract at the Parc des Princes until summer 2022 with the option of a further year.
It is the 48-year-old Argentinian’s first job since leaving Tottenham in November 2019. Five months before that, he had led Spurs to the Champions League final.
Indeed, speaking to Marca, Pochettino claims he was a victim of his own success at Tottenham.
“Football is now and today, the results have to be immediate,” he said. “It’s difficult to find projects in the medium long term.
“It’s very difficult to sustain because we only look at today and we’re immersed in a whirlpool. Here [at PSG} we have a year and a half of contract, at Tottenham it was five.
“But that doesn’t mean that you will be more or less long. Sometimes you can even be a victim of your own success, as we were at Tottenham when we exceeded expectations.”
Pochettino, however, despite pointing out his 18-month deal, insists PSG are his “perfect project”. That was in a question from Marca if he ever considered approaches from Real Madrid or Barcelona, as rumoured.
“It’s not like that, although at the time there was a lot of talk. We greatly respect the teams that have been interested in our staff. It wasn’t like that and of course I’ve had contact with clubs, but from whom we received the offer and the affection, it was PSG. And this is the ideal project.”
Pochettino has Champions League target
Pochettino’s main brief since succeeding Thomas Tuchel at PSG is the same as every boss at PSG: to win the Champions League.
Indeed, the Argentine insists winning the trophy is something of an obsession of the Ligue 1 giants.
“There is no use here other than winning. Winning the Champions League has been an illusion for 50 years, we’ve never won it, and when I was a player it was an obsession,” he said in the quotes translated by Sport Witness.
“That is the objective, we cannot think of playing a good role in the Champions League, here we’re talking about winning it. For that, we have to build and have a structure that supports and improves sports. Since we lost the final with Tottenham, our dream is to have the possibility of playing in a final again.”