Inside Mauricio Pochettino’s PSG as new boss eyes first trophy

The Argentine vowed his staff would give the players structure, organisation and support to enhance their talents and fulfil their ambitions, which would require their full commitment.

Streamlining communication across the club, especially around the medical and conditioning spheres, will be one of the quick fixes on the agenda.

There has not been any time for Pochettino to think about transfers and his priority is to better understand and maximise the players that are at his disposal, while trying to incorporate those who have been unavailable as quickly as possible.

Sporting director Leonardo and the recruitment team have been drafting plans for this window and PSG’s interest in Dele Alli was well established before the appointment of the former Spurs manager.

Whatever happens in the window, Pochettino has a squad flooded with pedigreed stars, which is a change from his norm of unearthing and developing them. Early indications are they are are onside with his blueprint and share the aim of winning the Champions League under his watch.

Pochettino’s opportunity to land the maiden piece of silverware of his managerial career arrives on Wednesday against Marseille in the French Cup, with fellow ex-Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas in the opposition dugout.

A victory would relegate the ‘hasn’t won a trophy’ talk, but would not make him any better at his job. After all, this is the man, who working with the lowest wage budget of the top six and with a net transfer spend of around £35m, took Tottenham to a Champions League final in five years.

PSG are not Spurs and winning is the bare minimum, a non-negotiable. A win on Wednesday would provide an immediate boost, but it does not alter the big picture: Pochettino was brought in to turn the club into European champions, to help them win hearts and be viewed as more than a luxury brand.

On Saturday night, 18 years after wearing the armband for the club and having overseen his first home as their manager, he took a picture with the banner designed by the fan group Collectif Ultras Paris.

“Welcome Captain!,” it read. Pochettino has always been more invested in the mood of a club and the state of it when he leaves and so will be working towards ensuring there is one thanking him in future too.

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