After his long and successful stint at Tottenham Hotspurs, Mauricio Pochettino quickly became one of the most sought-after managers in the world of football.
He was linked with clubs including Real Madrid and Manchester United even during his spell in PSG but is yet to find a new club after his departure from France.
The manager spoke to MARCA earlier this week and opened up about the same. Speaking about the missed opportunity to coach Real Madrid or Manchester United last summer, Pochettino was reluctant to accept that the train had passed and insisted that he would get the chance again.
“Football is ‘timing’. These are the times for it to coincide and for that marriage to happen. Sometimes it’s just a matter of time. I don’t think the trains will pass only once. I think that sometimes you have to have the necessary patience and you have to know how to wait.”
The manager then elaborated on the process of getting a new club and said it was difficult to sell himself to a project.
“The ‘timing’ is handled by soccer. Indeed, my name has always been related to big clubs. I have a lot of respect for professionals and it’s hard for me to sell myself, that’s work for you.”
The Argentine also spoke about his heartbreaking UEFA Champions League defeat to Real Madrid in the second leg last season but did not claim complete responsibility for the result.
“It is clear that we had not done something correctly because the tie was taken by Madrid. There were many decisions for the coach to make, and they can go well or they can go wrong.”
Pochettino then elaborated on the substitutions he made on the night with backfired and contributed to Los Blancos’ comeback.
“In that analysis, we changed to Paredes and Gueye came in, we thought he would give us that plus and then we had a conversation with him and he recognized that he was not there to play. Di María came in and had a leg problem and ended up playing injured. These are situations that one knows and that you cannot explain at the moment.”
€85 million-rated Serie A winger ‘dreams’ of playing for Real Madrid, claims father
Napoli winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia dreams of playing for Spanish giants Real Madrid, the winger’s father has revealed following the UEFA Champions League clash between the two teams last night.
Kvaratskhelia, 22, exploded upon arriving at Napoli last year, leading them to the Serie A title on the back of his explosive performances.
The Georgian winger has been impressing in the ongoing campaign as well, although he failed to score or assist in either of Napoli’s meetings with Real Madrid in the Champions League group stages.
Kvaratskhelia has previously spoken about how he has always been a lifelong supporter of Real Madrid and grew up idolising some of the club’s legends like Cristiano Ronaldo and Guti, among others.
Now, the 22-year-old winger’s father has revealed that his son has always dreamt of and continues to dream of playing for Real Madrid.
As quoted by Fabrizio Romano, Kvaratskhelia’s father said: “Khvicha always dreamed and still dreams of playing for Real Madrid. I am sure about it.”
Talking about the fact that the winger got to play against Real Madrid, Kvaratskhelia’s father added: “For Khvicha, playing vs Real Madrid was special. In my family, everyone is a Real Madrid supporter, except me.”
Real Madrid are in the market for attacking reinforcements, but they are looking for a centre-forward next summer and have Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland as their main targets.
As for Kvaratskhelia, whose market value stands at €85 million, it seems quite apparent that he harbours dreams of playing for Real Madrid. But it remains to be seen if there is some interest from Los Blancos in signing the winger.