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.