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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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25-year-old ‘impeccable’ star viewed as the leader of the Real Madrid defence

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According to MARCA, Eder Militao is seen as the undisputed leader of the Real Madrid defence, thanks to his ‘impeccable’ level of performances. The 25-year-old’s standing in the team has forced a duel between David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger for the second centre-back slot.

Militao arrived at Real Madrid in the summer of 2019, joining from FC Porto in a deal worth €50 million. While he made a slow start to life in Spain, the Brazilian slowly grew in stature from his second season at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Following the exits of Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane, Militao established himself as a permanent fixture in the backline for the Merengues and was a standout performer last season as they won the La Liga title and the UEFA Champions League trophy.

The 25-year-old has carried on in the same vein of form this season as well, featuring in 35 matches across all competitions for Real Madrid, even chipping in with six goals.

The Brazilian international is seen as one of the best centre-backs in the world currently, with Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti sharing that opinion.

“I may lose credibility if I say Vinicius and Militão are the best striker and defender in the world respectively but it’s the truth. I am honest. Militão lacks nothing,” he had said last month.

Militao is not only viewed as the leader of the Real Madrid defence, but has also grown into a leader within the locker room as well, with the player being loved and fully supported by his teammates.

Militao’s presence has meant that Alaba and Rudiger have had to battle it out for the lone centre-back slot. The former had enjoyed a stunning season last time out after joining from Bayern Munich in 2021, but has struggled with injuries and fitness problems this term.

As for Rudiger, the German arrived last summer from Chelsea and started out slow, but has grown in confidence and stature, especially in recent months. So much so that, his signing is already being regarded as a success within the club.

In Militao, Real Madrid undoubtedly have a long-term fixture at the heart of the defence. But with Rudiger and Alaba in their thirties, the Merengues must look to bring in one more player who can take over from them in the near future and can form a partnership with Militao.

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