According to the Daily Mail, La Liga giants Real Madrid are eyeing Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino to replace club legend and current head coach Zinedine Zidane at the helm due to the side’s sub-par performances in the league and cup competitions this season.
After becoming the first manager in history to retain the UEFA Champions League, for reasons unknown, Zidane has watched his side’s performances take a downward detour in the 2017/18 campaign. Expected to continue their phenomenal run into the new campaign, Los Blancos have struggled to keep pace with the chasing pack in the league, and have also struggled in the Copa del Rey and Champions League.
Despite beating top-four rivals Valencia earlier today, Madrid find themselves in an unnatural fourth position on the table – a mammoth 16 points off runaway leaders and rivals FC Barcelona. Much has been made of Zidane’s lack of tactical adaptability, and murmurs coming out from the capital suggest that Florentino Perez feels a change of manager is needed to bring the club on the right track.
In a poll conducted recently, Madrid fans all over the world voted for their preferred candidate should Zidane be given the P45 this season. Unsurprisingly, Mauricio Pochettino was among the favourites, but it was academy coach and former midfielder Guti who won the popular vote. Like how Zidane took the step after managing the youngsters, fans want Guti to follow in his footsteps, and bring Real Madrid back on the European map.
However, Perez could be looking for someone experienced to take over, and Pochettino emerges as a viable candidate. The Argentine has done wonders for Tottenham Hotspur since joining from Southampton. Under his tutelage, the North London club have enjoyed back to back top four league finishes, and this season he guided them to victory over the likes of Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund to top the Champions League group.
With Spurs moving to a new stadium shortly, Daniel Levy and the board will desperately be looking to hold on the manager. He has already established a phenomenal rapport with his players and his adore by the White Hart Lane faithful and the rival fans alike. He has also constantly spoken about building a legacy at the club, so it will take something extraordinary for Real Madrid to secure his services.