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Paris Saint-Germain’s new manager Mauricio Pochettino has said the club is in a “good position” to win the Champions League this season.
Pochettino replaced Thomas Tuchel on the bench on Saturday after the German was fired on Christmas Eve. It joins PSG third in Ligue 1 behind Lille and Lyon, despite its considerably greater financial resources.
Even with Parisians fighting domestically, Pochettino said he was excited about the team he’s inheriting and suggested they have a good chance of ending the club’s Champions League voodoo.
“The Champions’ League is important for PSG as are other competitions,” he said (via GFFN)
“We are going to face Barcelona in a month. We are going to have to build something there. When the time comes and when we get all the players back we will have a full quality squad, we will be in a good position.”
PSG’s position is Pochettino’s first since leaving Tottenham in 2019 and he predicted it would represent a different challenge.
“Every club is different, PSG is one of the biggest clubs in the world, Tottenham is also a huge club that I have great memories of. It’s hard to compare and be objective with Tottenham. It’s time for us to move on to something more and be 100% focused on PSG, “he said.
PSG have been linked to a number of high-profile signings in recent times, with Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen, both of whom flourished under Pochettino in North London, both mentioned. Lionel Messi, whose contract with Barcelona expires in the summer, is another possible target.
However, when asked about his January transfer plans, Pochettino kept quiet.
“Santa Claus already gave me a gift in terms of being able to return to this club and lead such a team. I want to take the opportunity to thank Nasser and Leonardo for giving me this opportunity.”
“We know that with all the big clubs like PSG there are many rumors, now I have just arrived, we will try to adapt, we will see later for rumors,” he said.