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Pochettino suggests that the ‘chance to coach Real Madrid’ will come again

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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.”

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France set for major boost as Real Madrid midfielder closes in on a return

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Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images

After a long wait, the European Championship is finally underway, with one of the tournament’s favourites Germany opening the competition with an emphatic 5-1 win over Scotland.

Another favourite to win the Euro 2024 is France, who will be in action on Monday as they take on Austria. One of the talking points heading into this game is the fitness of Real Madrid superstar, Aurelien Tchouameni.

The Frenchman had picked up an injury late into the 2023/24 campaign, which notably saw him miss the UEFA Champions League final. It was thought that the midfielder would miss a chunk of the Euros as well.

Tchouameni available for France’s group stage games

However, it appears Tchouameni has made a remarkable recovery and could be in contention to feature in France’s group-stage matches.

That is according to AS, which suggests that coach Didier Deschamps is counting on the midfielder to become available sooner rather than later.

Aurelien Tchouameni will soon be available for France. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Although Tchouameni has been ruled out for France’s opening game against Austria, the player is hoping to feature in the two remaining group matches against Poland and the Netherlands.

Up until this point, Tchouameni completed individual training sessions with France’s physical trainer. But recently, he was able to join the team’s training session ahead of the Austria game.

Tchouameni’s return could serve as a massive boost for France. Even though Les Bleus already have a stacked midfield unit, coach Deschamps is a huge admirer of Tchouameni and had backed him to get fit the moment he picked up an injury.

Deschamps, after all, did not opt to replace the Real Madrid star with another player.

France, of course, will have to proceed with caution, knowing the youngster has just recovered from his injury. But they can be hopeful of the player taking part as the tournament progresses.

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