Former Barcelona sports director Eric Abidal revealed that in fact the Argentine coach, Mauricio Pochettino had almost become the manager of the Catalan giants. So, what is the reason it did not materialize?
Meanwhile, Mauricio Pochettino is currently working as manager of Paris Saint-Germain replacing Thomas Tuchel who was sacked since last January. PSG became the first club Pochettino handled after being sacked by Tottenham Hotspur.
His name was associated with several European giants before finally managing Paris Saint-Germain, including Barcelona. These rumors evaporated when the Catalan giants fired Ernesto Valverde in January 2020 yesterday.
This was expressed directly by Eric Abidal as the sporting director who served at that time.
“On my list are Mauricio Pochettino, Quique Setien, Max Allegri and Xavi Hernandez,” Abidal told The Telegraph.
In the end, the one chosen was Quique Setien, but Eric Abidal revealed that in fact the first choice was Mauricio Pochettino, not Setien.
“Quique was appointed, but my first choice was Pochettino. I told the board, ‘I have to bring the best coach we can in the market. I’m not here for politics because he was at Espanyol ‘.
“For me, this is not politics. I want the best and Pochettino is one of the best in football.” He said.
Furthermore, Abidal explained why he made Pochettino the first choice because the philosophy led by the man from Argentina fits perfectly with Barcelona’s style of play. Not to mention, the fact that Pochettino also brought Tottenham to the European Champions League final.
“He reached the Champions League final with Tottenham, you have to respect this,”
“He has a philosophy of good play, a philosophy of good training, the players like him and I think he will be a better coach now for this situation, but with a real project.” he continued.
Barcelona with Quique Setien could be said to have failed and in the end the tactician was fired from the manager chair. Meanwhile, Eric Abidal was also officially fired from his position as Sports Director.