Mauricio Pochettino takes over as Paris Saint Germain’s head coach


Mauricio Pochettino has pledged to instill a “combative and attacking” identity for Paris Saint-German as he takes over as coach.

The French champions announced the hiring of Pochettino – their former captain – on Saturday to replace the recently fired Thomas Tuchel.

“This team has fantastic potential and my staff and I will do everything we can go to get the best for Paris Saint-German in all competitions,” said Pochettino. “We will also do our utmost to give our team the combative and attacking playing identity that Parisian fans have also loved.”

Pochettino, who brought Tottenham to the Champions League final in 2019, signed a contract to coach PSG through June 2022 with the option for an extra year, said the club.

He inherits a squad that is talented but underperforming, at least by PSG standards. It starts the new year in third place behind Lyon and Lille. His first training session is Sunday ahead of Wednesday’s visit to Saint-Etienne. PSG faces Barcelona in the Champions League round of 16 in February and March.

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