According to Spanish outlet Sport, Real Madrid are lining up a potential move to make Mauricio Pochettino their next head coach.
Amidst the uncertainties over Antonio Conte’s future at Tottenham, some publications over recent weeks have indicated that Spurs could turn to Pochettino if they part ways with the Italian (Daily Mail).
However, that is not likely to happen anytime soon according to Alasdair Gold, who revealed to Football.London last week that Conte will stay at least until the end of the season, barring a massive fallout with chairman Daniel Levy.
If Sport’s latest update is to be believed, Real Madrid have now identified Pochettino as a potential replacement for Carlo Ancelotti, who is under pressure after Los Blancos fell five points behind Barcelona in the title race.
The report states that the Argentine is particularly admired by Bernabeu chief Florentino Perez, due to his ‘anti-Barcelona’ stance.
The 50-year-old has captained and managed Barcelona’s local rivals, Espanyol, and has said in the past that he would never consider managing the Catalan giants.
He told RMC Sport in February 2021: “I will never manage Barcelona. That is impossible. I have this idea of life, a connection with a part of that city, that makes that impossible. Just as Marseille is also impossible for me.”
Pochettino was sacked by Daniel Levy in November 2019 following five years in charge in N17, where he led Spurs to top-four finishes in four of his five seasons in charge, as well as their first Champions League final in the 2018/19 campaign.
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I suspect that Thomas Tuchel would be the more attractive option for Real Madrid should they decide to part ways with Ancelotti.
Perhaps the fear of Madrid, Juventus or Chelsea making a move for Pochettino will play on Daniel Levy’s mind should results not improve under Conte over the next couple of months.
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