Leaving Tottenham for Real Madrid would be a risk for Mauricio Pochettino

Arnold Nichols
June 2, 2018

The race to succeed Zinedine Zidane is on following the Frenchman's shock resignation from Real Madrid on Thursday, only days after steering the Spanish giants to a third successive Champions League trophy.

It would be a huge step up to take over at Real Madrid, though, not least given they have won the past three UEFA Champions League tournaments under Zidane.

Zinedine Zidane's abrupt departure from Real Madrid could spark a managerial merry-go-round that would send shockwaves through the Premier League.

Sources have told ESPN FC that the new long-term contract Pochettino signed last week with Tottenham did not contain any clause which would release him to move to Madrid at this point. "I wish you the best". "I was sacked after winning La Liga". There have been good moments, but also hard times.

"It is exciting now because I can be tested again", he told reporters, as reported by the Express.

"I'm just proud of being your player", Ronaldo wrote on Instagram. "So Zidane did the right thing, now he's not subject to anyone". "The players have nothing to do with my decision". For me and for everybody, I think the moment to change has arrived. "Three Champions Leagues, a La Liga title. After that we'll see what happens". If I have the feeling I will not win, a change must be made.

That's why I chose to take this decision.

Zidane admitted there were some hard moments over the course of the 2017-18 campaign, mentioning the Copa del Rey defeat to Leganes, and he felt that after two and a half seasons together, he just could not ask any more from the Madrid players.

As to his future plans, Zidane said he was not looking to rush back into management.


There have been tough times, in the Copa del Rey notably, and I don't forget those.

An intense training regime is a key part of the Pochettino set-up hat included his loyal coaching team of Miguel D'Agostino, Jesus Perez and Toni Jiminez, with players they consider to be unable or unwilling to follow the demands placed upon them ushered out of the club in double quick time.

"I love this club and the president who gave me the chance to play for this club and manage the club of my dreams".

"This is a squad which has shown its worth in these recent years", he said. I envy friends of mine who can do that.

"I live in the present, there is nothing more important than this. I'm not going to get involved in these things", he said when asked about a possible successor.

But whether the 48-year-old Italian is an adequate replacement for the taciturn Zidane, and the right choice for such a demanding club, is up for debate. I am a competitor who wants to be tested. I am happy at Tottenham because they let me work and we are growing together. "You think that. But you are not me".

"Whilst it came as a surprise, when you analyse it you can understand it".

The Frenchman, formerly coach of Real Madrid Castilla, was appointed as head coach of Real's first team in January 2016 after the dismissal of Rafa Benítez, and guided the club to the Champions League title by beating Atlético Madrid on penalties in the final. "Now I want to focus on planning for next season, and keep myself a bit away from all that is being said".

"I renewed my contract recently for another five years, I am happy that people at Tottenham are happy with me".

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