According to reports in the Daily Mail, Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has emerged as Real Madrid’s top target to replace Zinedine Zidane if the Frenchman fails to last the course of the season.
Well, despite lifting the La Liga trophy and becoming the first club to win the Champions League in successive seasons last term, the Daily Mail says Zidane is under pressure at the Bernabeu for the first time in 19 months with his team making a poor start to the campaign.
After 10 Spanish top flight matches they are already eight points behind Barcelona after drawing two and losing two this term, while they have dropped four points against Tottenham in the Champions League including their 3-1 defeat against Spurs at Wembley on Wednesday night.
The Daily Mail says that Pochettino is seen as the long-term solution to Real’s current problems, with president Florentino Perez having a great relationship with the Argentine after referring to him as ‘My Poch’ before their draw in Spain’s capital last month.
The report adds that he would prove to be a popular addition after saying he could never coach their arch-rivals Barcelona having played for and managed Espanyol.
It’s difficult to say.
While Pochettino will no doubt be flattered to be linked with the La Liga giants, it is unclear whether he would be willing to leave Tottenham given the impressive project he is building and that fact he clearly loves the north London outfit.
With stars like Harry Kane and Dele Alli at his disposal he may feel that he has a good chance of winning both the Premier League and Champions League with Spurs, and he could turn down Real as Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has on three occasions, according to the Daily Mail.
That said, the promise of a bigger budget and the likelihood of winning more trophies could prove to be tempting, even if he is loved by his current players and the supporters.
Well, there is no doubt that if Zidane goes in the near future Pochettino will be one of the favourites to replace him, and Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy and the fans will be praying that he isn’t tempted by the opportunity to manage one of the biggest clubs in the world.