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Paris Saint-Germain have officially appointed Mauricio Pochettino as the new head coach to replace Thomas Tuchel in the management position at the Parc des Princes.
Pochettino had been out of work since he was fired by Tottenham in November 2019, just six months after leading the club to its first Champions League final, and was long considered the best coach available anywhere in world football. .
It marks a return to Paris exactly 20 years after he joined PSG as a player in January 2001, making 95 appearances for the club upon his departure to Bordeaux in the summer of 2003.
With long-standing national dominance in Ligue 1, Pochettino is the latest in a long line of coaches tasked with conquering Europe and winning the Champions League.
Tuchel came closer by leading PSG to last season’s Champions League final, losing 1-0 to Bayern Munich to crown the unique mini-tournament in Lisbon. Carlo Ancelotti, Laurent Blanc and Unai Emery have also tried unsuccessfully to deliver continental glory since acquiring Qatar in 2011.
PSG won their Champions League group earlier this season and have faced Barcelona in the round of 16, a first meeting since 6-5 on aggregate at the same stage in 2016/17.
Pochettino has already been linked to a raid on his former club, with a potential focus on veteran Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. The 34-year-old, who is out of contract in 2022, was France’s World Cup winning captain and has not played club football in his homeland since 2012.
Dele Alli is another Spurs player who has been linked to PSG, and the reigning French champions’ interest was first rumored last summer. Dele made a name for himself with Pochettino at Spurs and it has become increasingly clear in recent months that he needs a move to resurrect his career.