Mauricio Pochettino seems to have had a change of coronary heart on the subject of the potential for managing Barcelona sooner or later.
The previous Tottenham Hotspur boss mentioned again in 2018 that it will be “not possible” for him to take cost on the Camp Nou due to his loyalty to Barcelona’s native rivals Espanyol. Pochettino spent six years on the membership as a participant and likewise went on to handle Los Periquitos.
Nonetheless, the Argentine has now given an interview to Jordi Quixano at El Pais the place he’s defined his feedback and opened the door to a possible transfer to the Catalan giants sooner or later.
“I used to be in Barcelona that yr and I met [Barcelona president] Bartomeu in a bar. We greeted one another as a result of we had been taking the youngsters to the identical faculty and we had been speaking for 5 minutes. That generated a rumor that set off alarms as a result of there have been extra groups that wished us, and after they requested me I wished to settle it drastically.
“I didn’t need to disrespect Barcelona. I may have mentioned issues otherwise. Espanyol has made a reputation for me. However I’m not boastful and I didn’t like making a press release like that. Possibly now I wouldn’t as a result of in life you by no means know what’s going to occur.”
Pochettino was sacked by Spurs in November 2019 after 5 years with the north London membership. The Argentine took Tottenham to the ultimate of the Champions League for the primary time of their historical past in 2018 and likewise led them to a second-place end within the Premier League in 2017.
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The place Subsequent For Pochettino?
Pochettino was linked with a transfer to Barcelona once more in January when Ernesto Valverde was sacked as first-team coach. The membership in the end opted to maneuver for Quique Setien who has come beneath strain already after dropping the league title to Actual Madrid.
The previous Spurs boss additionally spoke concerning the future, explaining he’d be blissful to handle in Spain, Italy and Germany and is ready for the fitting provide to reach.
“The Premier League has business benefits, however the Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga are additionally highly effective. I go well with the Premier League, however am open to a brand new problem and dealing in direction of new horizons may enhance me as a coach.
“Folks act as if coaches desire a mission, however the reality is we simply need to discover a membership and President whose concepts can step by step take us in direction of success. When that provide arrives, then I’ll say sure.”
Pochettino is more likely to be a prime candidate ought to any of the elite jobs in Europe turn into out there this summer time. The 48-year-old’s spectacular exploits at Tottenham, enticing taking part in type, and talent to enhance gamers is not going to have gone unnoticed across the continent.
Barca To Belief in Setien?
In the meantime, Barcelona look set to position their belief in Setien regardless of an underwhelming begin to life on the Camp Nou. President Josep Maria Bartomeu has given the 61-year-old his backing once more this week in an interview with Albert Masnou and Javier Giraldo at Sport.
“He’s beneath contract. After we introduced him in, we defined that it was a mission for this season and the following one. To guage a coach for just a few months, in the course of a pandemic, could be very difficult.”
Bartomeu additionally dropped one other trace that membership legend Xavi could possibly be the person to interchange Setien when the time comes. He defined: “Xavi will coach Barça sooner or later and he’ll resolve when that’s.”
Xavi just lately signed a one-year contract with Al-Sadd to educate the Qatari aspect for the 2020-21 season, though if Barcelona want a supervisor earlier than then they could possibly be tempted to contact Pochettino given his newest feedback.
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