PARIS: Mauricio Pochettino has a good relationship with Diego Maradona and Ronaldinho while still playing and a similar relationship with other global stars like Neymar will be the key to success at Paris Saint-Germain.
The Argentine manager this week began his career as PSG coach, with the main task of getting the best performance from Neymar and Kylian Mbappe and going a step further than his previous coach, Thomas Tuchel.
With the remaining six months of his contract, Tuchel looks set to be forgotten by Parisian club supporters despite taking them to the Champions League final for the first time in club history.
The German has won the Ligue 1 title in two campaigns and four titles last season in addition to his good performances in Europe.
Pochettino, on the other hand, has never won a trophy as a coach but his ability is clear.
The 48-year-old is remembered by Tottenham Hotspur supporters as navigating them to the top four in a row in the Premier League as well as the 2019 Champions League final.
Now after years of finishing his career as a player, he is back at the club where he became one of the popular players.
Pochettino, who once played with Maradona at Newell’s Old Boys and shared a room during an outdoor match, was a central defensive pillar near the Parc des Princes between 2001 and 2003.
He helped them to fourth place in Ligue 1 in their first season and became captain in the 2003 French Cup final but lost to Auxerre.