The French champions got Lionel Messi during this transfer window, and apart from the magical Argentinian, snatched a few more world-class players.
The best player of the recent EURO 2020, Gianluigi Donnarumma, came from AC Milan, Sergio Ramos, one of the best defenders of all time, landed from Real Madrid, and the Dutch midfielder, Georginio Wijnaldum also came to Paris.
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To make it even better, all these stars didn’t cost the Saints a single cent, because they all came as free players. This is a fantastic job worth admiring.
According to the odds, all these new faces made PSG the biggest favorite for winning the UEFA Champions League. They are slightly ahead of Manchester City now, while one month ago, the Saints were behind both the Citizens and Chelsea, having similar prospects to lift the title as Liverpool.
A vast majority of fans and analysts believe that Messi, Mbappe, Neymar, Di Maria, etc, will win the European throne without any problems.
But we don’t share the same feeling.
Everything is excellent in PSG except for one thing – head coach Mauricio Pochettino. In our humble opinion, the Argentinian is by far the weakest link of this crew, and he is the reason we believe that the Saints won’t end up with silverware in their hands. i
Pochettino’s career is not that impressive despite the stunt in Tottenham where he created one of the best teams in Europe. He has only two trophies so far, and both were with PSG. It is hard to believe that Trophee des Champions (French version of the Super Cup) and Coupe de France can deny our claim, particularly after his failure to win the French Ligue 1, even though he had by far the most expensive team in the entire competition.
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He did have solid results with Espanyol and Southampton in particular, but there weren’t any trophies, which is a must-have once you want to win the UEFA Champions League. Especially in a situation like the current one where anything else but a victory would be a disaster.
Wrapping Things Up
The English media had put a label on Pochettino that he isn’t very good at handling the pressure. The reason for this are the losses Spurs’ suffered in vital matches that eventually had disastrous consequences on Tottenham’s trophy chances.
Now, he not only has to endure the pressure of the media and the wealthy owners, but also needs to keep the atmosphere in the locker room under control, and we all know how hard that is. After all, that is why Thomas Tuchel decided to leave Parc des Princes, claiming that the relationship inside the team was terrible.
One or two losses will most definitely make things strained between the players, particularly now when there are several colossal superstars at one place. Regardless of what many believe, all of them are egoistic, and one wrong step could bring down the entire chemistry of the team.
We are pretty sure that sometime this season, Pochettino will make that step.