FC Barcelona has been a sloppy and inconsistent force for quite some time and have failed to bag any major trophy since 2013. The only hope to win a silverware is The UEFA Champions League after they demolished SSC Napoli 4-2 on aggregate. However, the chances look slim as they face a tougher challenge in The German giants Bayern Munich who thrashed Chelsea 7-1 on aggregate. The Spanish side did not play up to the expectations and disappointed so many Cules all around the world.
It’s been almost 10 months since Tottenham Hotspur fired Mauricio Pochettino and has been out of the managerial job ever since. The Argentinian has been in the trending news and was rumoured to join a list of big clubs. Earlier rumours were doing rounds that he might be the favourite contender to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United or under-performing coach Ernesto Valverde at Barcelona. But the former wasn’t sacked, and Quique Setien replaced the latter.
The Blaugrana has lacked tactical edge in most of the matches due to which they lost points in crucial matches and lost The La Liga title to 34-time League champions Real Madrid FC. The only solution to this problem is The former Espanyol player and manager, Mauricio Pochettino.
Leo Messi is 33 now, and Barcelona have mostly depended upon him to shine after Ernesto Valverde’s tactical failure. The 26-time league champions have preferred the 4-3-3 formation with diamond-shaped midfield but failed to capitalize this season under both the managers. Pochettino is tactically better and has proved his worth in 2018-19 when he managed to pull off an extraordinary campaign by helping The Spurs reach the final of UEFA Champions League against Liverpool without signing a new player. The 48-year-old’s preferred formation is 4-2-3-1 and demands his player to be physically active while on counters or while pressing high but most importantly trust his team to play at the highest level.
After sealing the swap deal with Juventus involving Pjanic and Arthur, Josep Maria Bartomeu has been under a tremendous amount of pressure by the fans. With all the key players crossing the 30-year old bar, there hasn’t been any significant amount of signing new young prospects and La Masia is the only dependable way they acquire new raw homegrown talents. Pochettino is the best man to nurture young players to stardom, and the club President needs to replace Setien with The Argentinean to regain some trust from the fans and summon his authority on the team.
Mauricio Pochettino is no new to The Spanish top tier league having featured earlier for Espanyol as a player and as a manager. The former Tottenham boss has also managed Newell’s Old Boys and being Argentinian will be crucial in linking with Messi for the club. The La Masia has a pretty decent reputation of producing promising new talents, and The former PSG boss loves to give youngster chance to play at a higher level. The 48-year-old Argentinian is the best candidate to succeed at Barca.