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Pochettino dismisses Mbappe played a big part in his sacking

Mauricio Pochettino does not believe Kylian Mbappe had a big say in his sacking and maintains he did an excellent job at Paris Saint-Germain.

PSG parted company with the Argentine coach in July.

Just 18 months after appointing him as head coach, naming Christophe Galtier as his replacement.

He won the Ligue 1 title last season, the Coupe de France in 2021 and the Trophee des Champions.

Pochettino was unable to mastermind a first Champions League triumph for the Parisian giants.

As Real Madrid knocked them out after squandering a two-goal lead in the last-16 stage.

There has been talking of Mbappe perhaps having increased power at PSG after he snubbed Madrid to sign a new contract, but Pochettino does not think France pushed him to be fired.

Pochettino said in a lengthy interview with Infobae:

“I think PSG have done everything possible to retain Kylian, and I also agree with that.

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Pochettino dismisses Mbappe played a big part in his sacking

“He is one of the best players in world football today.

“And I think that PSG, having all the resources to do it, have convinced him to stay.

“But I don’t think Kylian is the one who designed the new project either.

“Those who rule, in this case, the president [Nasser Al-Khelaifi], would have thought that the most convenient thing was a new project in the club.”

Pochettino feels there is too great an obsession with winning the Champions League at PSG.

He said:

“The only thing that had changed a bit now [from when he played for PSG] is the expectation, which is the Champions League, the Champions League and the Champions League.

“The obsession is the Champions League.

“And everything that is not winning the Champions League is synonymous with failure, but not for us. I believe that.

“We have done a job in which we have been honest, worked as hard as we could.

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Pochettino dismisses Mbappe played a big part in his sacking

“And had that misfortune in the last minutes against Madrid.

“We reached a semi-final last year when Mbappe was injured in the first leg against Manchester City, and with him, in Manchester, we could have reached the final after knocking out Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

“In other words, I think we have done a good job, perhaps not recognised externally because the expectation was to win the Champions League.”

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