Why Mauricio Pochettino’s PSG press conferences were ‘the most awful thing you could imagine’

Paris Saint-Germain's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino gestures during a press conference at The Jan Breydel Stadium in Bruges on September 14, 2021, on the eve of the UEFA Champions League Group A football match against Club Brugge.
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Mauricio Pochettino had a reputation for good press conferences when working in England – but that all changed during his stint at Paris Saint-Germain.

The Argentine is set to become the new Chelsea manager this summer and as much as having to overhaul the Blues' tired, bloated squad, he may have some work to do to repair his own reputation. Pochettino's time managing PSG, who he played for as a defender, was roundly criticised by onlookers who believed he couldn't handle the egos and pressure in the French capital. 

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Chris Flanagan
Senior Staff Writer

Chris joined FourFourTwo in 2015 and has reported from more than 20 countries, in places as varied as Ivory Coast and the Arctic Circle. He's interviewed Pele, Zlatan and Santa Claus (it's a long story), as well as covering the World Cup, AFCON and the Clasico. He previously spent 10 years as a newspaper journalist, and completed the 92 in 2017.

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