Mauricio Pochettino has made it clear he felt undervalued in his time as Paris Saint-Germain manager.

The Argentine returned to the Parc de Princes in January of last year to take over at the club he had played for during his playing career and has spoken out against the Ligue 1 giants as the ‘most ungrateful club’ in football.

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Pochettino was dismissed from his duties in June, just months after guiding the team to the league title and had one year left on his contract.  His future in the French capital has been under question since PSG were eliminated from the Champions League by Real Madrid in the round of 16, despite holding a 2-0 aggregate lead at half-time of the second leg (Goal).

The PSG job was Pochettino’s first foray back into management since he was dismissed by Daniel Levy as Tottenham boss back in November 2019.

Speaking to Radio Marca, Pochettino said when asked if PSG were the most ungrateful club: “Totally agree. Everyone underestimates the work of the coach. When we won it was due to individual talent and if we lost it was the coach’s fault.”

Pochettino added:  “A team club model was created. It was a very difficult challenge to complete that model, with many unknowns. All those personalities, with that talent, in a team has only happened in Paris.

“The model needed time. Players who came from the Copa América, from the Euros, injuries, a new city, culture… we found ourselves with nine or 10 players who were captains of their teams.’

“In the end, when you play, there are 11 players with one ball. There was a penalty, and who takes it? It is not even a decision of the coach.”

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Some Tottenham fans harbour hope of a Pochettino return in the future, however, things may not pan out as straightforward as that.

Antonio Conte has transformed the club’s fortunes in the space of a year and the north Londoners will want to do everything in their power to ensure he puts pen to paper on a long-term deal.

Pochettino will also be coveted by other clubs and has already opened the door to succeeding Gareth Southgate as England boss, a future reunion would have to potentially wait.

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