Still, the Argentine made it clear that his past at Espanyol meant he would not take over at Camp Nou.
Pochettino insists that he cannot be linked with Barca
Mauricio Pochettino had a strong connection with becoming Barcelona’s new head coach after Quique Setien’s firing. Still, the Argentine made it clear that his past at Espanyol meant he would not take over at Camp Nou. The 48-year-old previously stated that he would instead go and work on his farm in Argentina than become Barcelona manager, which he later went back on. Still, he is adamant that he cannot be associated with the Blaugrana. “I have never received an offer from Barcelona, Pochettino told journalists. “It’s a fact that everyone who knows me knows that it would be difficult to associate my name with the club because of my past and a lot of other things. I overstated with my statements when I said that it would be better to go to my farm than to coach Barcelona, but things cannot be put together.
“My name does not fit well with Barcelona.” Lionel Messi said he wants to leave Barcelona, but Pochettino does not doubt that the 33-year-old will succeed wherever he plays. Coaching his national team is one of the most significant football awards. Pochettino explored how Lionel Scaloni has done at Argentina and whether he will be open to the Albiseleste coaching future. “From what I have seen, he gave the team some stability,” Pochettino commented. He’s brought a sense of calmness to the players. Coaching the Albiseleste is a dream for him. It’s not in my hands, but the national team is the pinnacle. Being a world champion is on the same level as having a new child.”