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‘Mauricio Pochettino & Antonio Conte’s next moves hinge on Real Madrid vs PSG’

Real Madrid vs PSG

On Wednesday night in Spain, two of the best clubs in world football face off in the Champions League last-16.

Real Madrid are looking to win the UCL for a third season in a row, and for a fourth time in five years.

As for PSG, they are looking to lift the trophy for the first time. While the truth is that PSG have never progressed past the quarterfinals of the competition.

Massive match for Mauricio Pochettino & Antonio Conte

On the BBC’s Euro Leagues Football podcast, the case was made why Real Madrid versus PSG is huge for Tottenham and Chelsea.

The premise of the argument is that whichever team loses this tie will certainly sack their manager.

PSG boss Unai Emery has long been tipped for the Paris exit door at the end of the season anyway.

And when it comes to who’ll replace Emery, both Chelsea’s Antonio Conte and Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino are in the running.

Pochettino, of course, played for PSG in his playing days.

While Conte, who has been complaining about Chelsea’s recruitment policy at Stamford Bridge for months, is also supposedly on the PSG shortlist.

But what is Real Madrid are knocked out?

Fourth in La Liga, many wonder how Zinedine Zidane has held onto his job for this long.

Defeat to PSG would seal the French legend’s fate at the Santiago Bernabeu, while it’s widely believed that Pochettino is the number one target at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Can Real sign Pochettino from Spurs? Los Blancos have history dealing with Daniel Levy in the transfer of Gareth Bale.

It’s also worth pointing out that as a former Espanyol boss, Pochettino has made it clear in recent times that he’ll never be the manager of FC Barcelona.

Listen to the excellent discussion of how Mauricio Pochettino & Antonio Conte’s next moves hinge on Real Madrid vs PSG after 11 minutes on the audio unit below.

Also see: Real Madrid vs PSG predictions: Champions League preview, line-ups & football betting tips.

Rumour: Tottenham’s changed formation for the Juventus game.

Mauricio Pochettino claims he is happy at Tottenham

Mauricio Pochetino has reiterated his stance that he is happy at Tottenham Hotspur despite continuous links to reigning European champions Real Madrid.

His side take on Juventus in the last-16 of the Champions League on Tuesday, in arguably the Argentine’s biggest game of his managerial career so far.

Reports appeared over the weekend that Spurs officials are confident that Pochettino will remain at the club beyond next summer, further proving the club’s supporters his future, for now, remains at Tottenham.

“I am so focused on Tottenham”

Pochettino has reaffirmed his commitment to Spurs by stating his is fully committed to the club.

Reports surfaced just recently claiming that he is set to remain at the club beyond next summer, leading Spurs out into their new stadium.

The former Southampton manager is understood to have already begun discussing summer plans for the club’s transfer activity.

The 45-year-old was facing the media ahead of tomorrow’s crunch match against Juve in the Champions League in Turin.

Pochettino said:

“I am in football after two, three years, I am conscious about the sport. I know very well the business.

I know very well how it’s working and of course I am so focused on Tottenham, trying to give our best, like always I said what is going to happen in the future, only I can tell you that we have three years more in our contract at Tottenham and I am happy here.

I am so excited to be here for nearly four years now, developing a very nice project and I think we have a very nice project ahead.”

Juventus vs Tottenham preview

For Juve, it has been a spell of utter dominance, winning all 11 of their last fixtures in Serie A, including a 2-0 victory at Fiorentina last time out.

Despite so many impressive displays, the Old Lady still find themselves sat second, behind leaders Napoli, in what has been quite an enthralling race for the title in Italy this season.

Massimiliano Allegri’s side reached this stage of the competition after finishing runners-up to Barcelona in Group D.

For Tottenham Hotspur, this game concludes what has been a tough run of fixtures; but also a period in which they have really flourished.

Taking seven points from their last three league games, coming up against Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal, they travel to Italy at just the right moment in time.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side made it to the last-16 of the competition having taken a joint-English record tally of 16 points to top a group containing both Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.

Read 101 Great Goals’ full preview line-ups & football betting tips for Juventus vs Tottenham here.

 

4-3-2-1 v Juventus: Blow for Pochettino, top class Spurs star ruled out for tomorrow; Stats & Predictions

4-3-2-1 v Juventus: Blow for Pochettino, top class Spurs star ruled out for tomorrow; Stats & Predictions – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Juventus vs Tottenham
UEFA Champions League 2017/18
13th February, 19:45 pm BST
Allianz Stadium, Turin
Live Stream: Watch Juventus vs Tottenham live on BT Sport 2

Juventus vs Tottenham Preview

Juventus host Tottenham in the Champions League this week and the Italian giants will be looking to secure a vital first-leg advantage at home.

The Serie A side are full of confidence after their impressive win at Fiorentina. They have conceded just one goal in their last 16 matches and Spurs will have their work cut out here.

Meanwhile, Tottenham are in superb form right now as well. They have beaten Manchester United and Arsenal in the recent weeks. Despite the poor away form, they cannot be underestimated here.

Spurs have failed to win six of their last eight matches away from home.

Juventus vs Tottenham Team News

Paulo Dybala and Andrea Barzagli are both doubts for the home side and the likes of Juan Cuadrado and Blaise Matuidi are ruled out.

As for Spurs, Toby Alderweireld has been left in London to work on his fitness.

Predicted Juventus Starting Lineup (4-3-3): Buffon; Sciglio, Benatia, Chiellini, Sandro; Marchisio, Pjanic, Khedira; Mandzukic, Higuain, Costa

Predicted Tottenham Starting Lineup (4-3-2-1): Lloris; Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Rose; Dembele, Wanyama, Dier; Eriksen, Alli; Kane

Juventus vs Tottenham Betting Tips

Juventus are undefeated in 19 of their last 21 matches in the UEFA Champions League. Bet on the home side to win or draw.

Tottenham have won 6 of their last 7 matches in the UEFA Champions League. Bet on Spurs to win here.

There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Juventus’s last 3 games in the UEFA Champions League. Bet on a low scoring game here.

Juventus vs Tottenham Prediction

Juventus will look to take full advantage of Spurs’ poor away form. This should be a close contest and it will be hard to separate the two sides.

Neither side can afford to lose here and they are likely to cancel each other out with a cautious approach. A draw seems likely.

Juventus 1-1 Tottenham

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Mauricio Pochettino admits this top class Tottenham star is a 'nasty' player

Mauricio Pochettino admits this top class Tottenham star is a ‘nasty’ player – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has attracted a lot of criticism following his dive against Liverpool on Sunday.

The England international was booked immediately and Mauricio Pochettino believes that Alli’s dive was a simple matter of football trickery.

He also added that the Tottenham midfielder is a little bit nasty as a player.

Pochettino claimed that football is about tricking one’s opponent and a few decades ago players were appreciated when they managed to trick the officials.

He said: “Dele is not perfect. Nobody is perfect. He is a clever boy. He is a little bit nasty. Football is a creative sport in which you need the talent that grows in a very intelligent person, a very smart brain.”

Alli has already faced a backlash from the fans on social media and Pochettino’s comments are likely to provoke more reaction from the fans. Also, it might encourage the player to dive more in future.

The former MK Dons midfielder is a world-class talent and he is more than capable of making a difference on the pitch without having to cheat.

It will be interesting to see what happens in the future but Pochettino’s comments are unlikely to go down well with the rival fans for now. Also, the introduction of VAR could spell trouble for players looking to trick the match officials in future.

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