Mauricio Pochettino discusses Quique Setién's appointment at Barcelona


Mauricio Pochettino is biding his time before taking another job in football. 

The Argentine has been linked with both Manchester United and most recently, Barcelona, since his departure from Tottenham Hotspur after five-and-a-half years in November. 

Despite having previously insisted he would never manage the Blaugrana due to his history with Espanyol - he suggested he'd rather work on his parents' farm in Argentina than at Camp Nou - he was viewed by many as a likely candidate to succeed Ernesto Valverde. 

Instead, Barca opted for a surprise choice in former Real Betis coach Quique Setién. 

Setién admits the job is beyond his wildest dreams but at the very least, Pochettino believes that a self-proclaimed disciple of Johann Cruyff is the right cultural fit for a club where identity means so much. 

After all, Valverde's conservative tactics were arguably his biggest downfall. 

"Barcelona is one of the greatest teams in the world and of course now, with a new manager, everyone is expecting that continues," Pochettino said at the launch of La Liga TV. 

"The same philosophy to [Ernesto Valverde], Valverde did a fantastic job.

"They are top of La Liga, Barcelona, and of course now it is a massive challenge for Quique Setién. Always, he showed unbelievable love for [Johann] Cruyff, for this style of Barcelona.

"And yes, I think it's a great opportunity for him to live his dream."


The vacancy in Catalonia being filled means one less solution to the question of Pochettino's own future. 

While the former Spurs boss appears in no hurry to return to management, he did hint he sees himself back in either England or Spain - the two best leagues in the world. 

"La Liga is very exciting football, unbelievable players, managers and of course the fans are incredible.

"For me, I was so lucky to start my career like a manager in Espanyol, and then to come here to the Premier League to England and learn English, learn a different culture. And of course I am a better person today and with more knowledge, and I am living a great experience.


"But of course, the Premier League is the Premier League. Football was born here in England, but I think La Liga is an amazing football, amazing coaches, today it's a preference for players, it's a preference for coaches, it's a preference for football that in the last 20 years was showing around the world. 

"Like a coach, we try to be in the best place. England and Spain are the two best leagues in the world."

It would be no surprise if any of the top clubs in the Premier League or La Liga were suiting him when another job is available. 

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