Former Premier League duo Jamie Carragher and Thierry Henry spoke about the difficulties Mauricio Pochettono faces as Paris Saint-Germain manager, during CBS Sports’ Champions League coverage.
They were keeping a close eye on Man City v PSG which ended 2-1 in Pep Guardiola’s favour. It led to more questions about Pochettino’s future before Jamie Carragher made his feelings known.
The former Liverpool defender told Pochettino to quit PSG “tomorrow” in order to take up the job at United, after his side were beaten at the Etihad.
He also said PSG will not win the Champions League this season – come on Poch, get out of there – because they’re carrying “three passengers” (Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar), blaming the trio for the team’s overall work-rate.
It was pretty evident tonight that having the three stars up front has its flaws – but hey, I’m sure it sells shirts.
“Pochettino has got to get out of that club,” Carragher told CBS. “If he has the chance to go to Manchester United, I would be gone tomorrow and it’s because of those 3 stars [Messi, Mbappe, Neymar].
“I just don’t believe that teams can carry anybody now. When I think of the four teams who I think can win the Champions League, Liverpool, Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Chelsea, they don’t carry a single passenger.
“[PSG] carry three. They’ve got no chance of winning the Champions League, absolutely no chance. I get frustrated watching them. I understand Messi because he’s 34, he has to serve himself for certain moments.
“But Mbappe is 22, he should be sprinting back to help his team defend against Manchester City. Not walking around the pitch, it’s not for me.
“I can’t accept that no matter how good you are, you don’t work for the team. The days of carrying passengers are gone.”
Henry went on to explain how “Pochettino is not able to be Pochettino” at PSG, which backs up a series of claims that the Argentine is unhappy with the lack of power he has as the first-team manager. Pochettino is not the first manager to struggle in Paris and he won’t be the last. This all probably explains why Zinedine Zidane isn’t interested in the job, despite PSG’s clear preference to have him as their manager.
“Pochettino has to get out of the club. If he has the chance to go to Manchester United. I would be gone tomorrow and it’s because of those 3 stars”@carra23 and Thierry Henry talk about the way PSG are shaped 👀 pic.twitter.com/MZ6fxJVuXG
— CBS Sports Golazo ⚽️ (@CBSSportsGolazo) November 24, 2021
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I thought Pochettino’s response to a question over his commitment to PSG was strange. It didn’t sound like a manger who wanted to kill off the “rumours” anytime soon.
It wouldn’t be a bad idea for Pochettino to get that Ligue 1 title under his belt before moving to Old Trafford, if the club can ensure the right interim boss.