Pochettino v Neymar and Mbappe? Football Fans Very Unsure About PSG Appointment
PSG finally made the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino official today, after weeks of expectation.
The Argentine arrives at Parc des Princes with the club in relative crisis, 'languishing' in third in Ligue 1 and a whole one point behind Lille and Lyon.
The French giants also nearly dropped out of the Champions League at the group stage, only staying in thanks to Manchester United conspiring to ruin a great chance at qualification with loss to struggling Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir.
Welcome Mauricio Pochettino :wave:pic.twitter.com/Fr4ZgKxhNI- Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) January 2, 2021
As such, Pochettino will have a reubilding job on his hands on his return to the club he featured for as a player for two seasons.
However, some football fans are already doubting the appointment, pointing out that the Argentine's famously high-intensity philosophy may not fit well with the likes of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Mauro Icardi, and others.
Not a chance Poch gets Mbappe or Neymar to press with any kind of intensity- Luke (@Luke36195777) January 2, 2021
Neymar walking back into training seeing Poch setting up fitness drills and talking about high pressing and attackers coming back to defend. pic.twitter.com/ooMET7wedZ- Dylan (@dylanhughes1429) January 2, 2021
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Neymar, Mbappé and Icardi when poch tells them to press: pic.twitter.com/0X91ogmeUL- WiselessAsper:flag_dk: (@mohamedamiin2) January 2, 2021
It's going to be very interesting to see what Poch does with the likes of Neymar and Mbappe. I can see Mbappe being more willing to pressing high and aggressive, he's still young. But Neymar won't.- Harry Brooks (@HB_HeadCoach) January 2, 2021
Pochettino asking Neymar to press for the 9th time pic.twitter.com/HpAWYs16nU- Kick Arse (@kickarseHD) January 2, 2021
Neymar and Mbappe when Poch tells them they have to track back pic.twitter.com/Gba1TGUSQr- Swiss Misster Hot Chocolate Mixer (@EastAtlantaBeta) January 2, 2021
Really interested to see how this works out with Pochettino returning to manage his former side. Will the likes of Mbappe and Neymar buy into his high-intensity philosophy? Let's see! https://t.co/7cwzbAbsOR- Adam McGroarty (@AdamMcGroarty) January 2, 2021
Mauricio Pochettino's arrival to PSG is a very odd one. He'll try and implement a high press whilst having to play players like Mbappe, Neymar and Icardi. The minimum that is expected of him is to win everything domestically and on top of that, a champions league.- AK:tm: Analysis (@analysis_ak) January 2, 2021
Pundits have pointed out for several seasons that these players will need to work more defensively if they want to acheive their dream of winning the Champions League - although this didn't stop them reaching the final of the competition last season.
At Southampton and Tottenham, Pochettino had the luxury of players who were willing to listen to his tactics - and run themselves into the ground for their teams. Now he wil have a different test of managing egos and trying to get everyone on side with his philosophy.
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