Mauricio Pochettino emerges as a favorite to replace Zinedine Zidane

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Mauricio Pochettino

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is the leading candidate for the Real Madrid managerial position, should the club ditch current manager Zinedine Zidane (Brand).

Zidane has made an immensely successful return to the Bernabéu, winning two La Liga titles and three Champions Leagues in two stints.

However, a below par start to the season has left Los Blancos in fourth place in La Liga, and on the brink of an embarrassing exit from the group stage in the Champions League. This has increased the pressure on Zidane, who reportedly only has four games to save his job.

Zidane watches as Shakhtar defeat Madrid
Zidane watches as Shakhtar defeat Madrid

Spanish publication Brand they now say that Real Madrid have two replacements in a row in case Zidane is removed, with Mauricio Pochettino currently ahead of club legend Raúl at the tail.

Pochettino became one of the world’s most respected coaches while at Tottenham Hotspur, leading to him finishing second in the Premier League and Champions League on a tight budget. However, a disappointing start to the 2019/20 season saw the Argentine replaced by José Mourinho.

Raúl, on the other hand, is unknown. He was a superstar as a Real Madrid player, scoring over 300 goals and winning nine major trophies. However, his experience as a coach is limited only to the Real Madrid subsidiary.

However, this would not leave the 43-year-old doomed to failure. After all, Zidane himself had no experience before taking the reins at the Bernabéu.

If Real Madrid are interested in bringing Pochettino to La Liga, they may have to act fast, as French giants Paris Saint Germain are also strongly linked to the former Southampton player.

Pochettino is a requested man

Current PSG coach Thomas Tuchel has less than a year left on his contract, and it is unlikely that he will be granted an extension.

And now TalksportJulien Laurens reports that the Argentine could be ready to return to Paris.

“They could get rid of him (Tuchel) now and get someone who would then have six months to prepare for next season, be it someone like Pochettino …

“He has very good ties with PSG, he was their player, their captain, and he loves Paris as a city and as a football club.”

Pochettino played for Les Parisiens for two and a half years from January 2001 to June 2003.

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