‘Total disaster’: Ex-Tottenham and PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino opens up about his time in France

Mauricio Pochettino has been speaking about his time in France and what led to his sacking at PSG.

Mauricio Pochettino says it’s a total disaster if you don’t win the Champions League at PSG and that can be frustrating at times as a manager.

PSG won the French League title last season under the stewardship of the Argentine, but he paid the price for failure in the Champions League.

In his first season at the club, the ex-Spurs boss lost the league title, even though he won silverware when he led the team to Coupe de France victory in 2021.

That did not buy him much credit, and when Lionel Messi arrived at the club there were rumours that he just did not get on well with his fellow Argentine.

Head coach Mauricio Pochettino of Paris Saint-Germain reacts during the UEFA Champions League (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

He was definitely counting his days at the club, after his side threw away a two-goal lead to Madrid to crash out of the much desired Champions League campaign.

He admits that the triumph in the French League is quite underestimated, and that can be frustrating.

He told Infobae: “We also have to understand that as the PSG project has progressed, patience has become less and less, and the demands have become greater. But the circumstances are what they are.

“Dominating the French league and domestic tournaments doesn’t get the respect it deserves.

Idrissa Gueye celebrates scoring for PSG with Lionel Messi. Picture: FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images

“This year, we won the 10th championship, which historically is the same number as Saint Étienne.

“They are the two teams that have won the most championships in France. That’s 10 championships.

“We’re not talking about 50 championships. We are only talking about 10 championships. So I think it’s very underrated and it’s not appreciated.”

Pochettino was rumoured to be interested in a return to Spurs before Antonio Conte assured fans he was staying.