The new head coach won his first piece of silverware three games after his tenure at the Ligue 1 giants, beating Marseille at the Trophée des Champions
Mauricio Pochettino said “this is just the start” after winning the first trophy of his managerial career just three games after Paris Saint Germain.
While Pochettino accomplished much during his spells at Tottenham, Southampton and Espanyol, he had never won a piece of silver as a coach. Now with League 1, the Cup of France and Champions League all yet to win this season, he’s hungry for more.
“After ten days as a coach, three games played and this final against our biggest rival, it’s very important to win,” said Pochettino. Canal +. “More than the trophy, it is honor and pride that are most important for the club and for the fans. Little by little, the team does the things I ask. I’ve been here for two weeks and we’ve done a lot of preparation.
“This is just the start. We believe that with time and work we can settle our ideas and that progress will be good because of the quality we have. We have little time to train but my players deserve this trophy, recognition and they quickly adapted to my requirements.
Pochettino also paid tribute to his predecessor, Thomas Tuchel, who won the national quadruple last season to take PSG to the Trophee des Champions.
He said: “I want to thank the players, [Leonardo] and Nasser [El-Khelaifi] for the opportunity, but also Thomas Tuchel and his staff because we are here because they won titles.
Neymar made his comeback after an injury on the bench and capped a livewire performance with the winning goal from the penalty spot.
“He is a special player and I am very happy for him,” Pochettino added. “He scored the winning goal and I’m happy with the overall performance of my team, who had a good game.”
Pochettino was happy with his players, as was his counterpart, another former Spurs boss at Andre Villas-Boas.
“I have nothing to say to my players, we were the best team,” Villas-Boas said. “The best honor that PSG gives us is the party they are organizing.”