DOHA, Qatar, May 16 – Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino said on Sunday the team could rebuild after their last Champions League failure but admitted their 10th French league title was not enough.
Amid repeated media reports that the Qatar-owned French giants are looking for a new coach, Pochettino spoke out during a brief trip to Doha where he was able to meet club president Nasser Al- Khelaifi.
He told a press conference that Paris had to learn from the last 16 loss to Real Madrid, who scored three times in the last 30 minutes to send the French side crashing.
“The goal is always at a club like Paris Saint Germain to win the Champions League,” said the 50-year-old Argentine.
“The most important (thing) is to try to build something special,” added the former Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton manager.
“The important thing is to learn from experience. This football club built to win.
Pochettino has reaffirmed his claim that Paris are ‘better’ than Real Madrid, who will face Liverpool in this year’s final, in their clash.
He insisted that the team with Neymar, Lionel Messi has the ‘tools’ to fight again.
“I think the players have the mentality to start over and rebuild the race again to… compete again.”
Real’s defeat sparked the latest speculation over Pochettino who had been seen as a candidate for the Manchester United job under Erik ten Hag.
Even the 10th league title did not calm reports of Pochettino’s departure.
“It’s difficult at a club like Paris Saint Germain because the goals are so big and when you win the league you sometimes feel like it’s not enough.
“Of course, for us it’s not enough because we also want to win every competition we play.”
Pochettino protested that the players “deserved the credit” for the title win while aiming for “higher goals”.
“I think the club is doing very well, it’s only (a matter of) time that the club will realize what they have planned.” Pochettino declined to say whether he had planned a firm meeting with PSG president Al-Khelaifi, although he acknowledged it was possible.