Why Mourinho is the Messiah PSG Needs to Win the Champions League 

Jose Mourinho at a press conference after FC Porto’s win against Monaco in 2004 (with the UEFA Champions League trophy)

For a club that so desperately wants the Champions League in their trophy cabinet, PSG have not been very intentional about their managers. Nasser Al-Khelaifi and his team have been too focused on acquiring world class players neglecting the tacticians that will guide these players to glory.  

PSG President: Nasser Al-Khelaifi

They have had the likes of Carl Ancelotti, Laurent Blanc, Unai Emery and Thomas Tuchel, who was the closest to achieving the dream but succumbed to a 1-0 defeat by a Hans Flick inspired Bayern Munich side in 2020. PSG should have given Tuchel some time to continue the work but they were impatient and showed him the door. The German gaffer went on to win the Champions League with Chelsea after joining the London side for less than 6 months. 

Thomas Tuchel kiss the Champions League trophy after leading Chelsea to victory against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in 2021

In all their foray into the managerial market, PSG  seem to overlook or ignore Jose Mourinho, a man that is tested and trusted in the major leagues across Europe. Mourinho has 26 senior trophies to his name and is one of only three managers to have won the UEFA Champions League twice with two clubs, FC Porto in 2004 and Inter Milan in 2010. He is also a three-time Premier League Champion with Chelsea (2005, 2006, 2015). 

It begs the question: why is a team hell-bent on dominating Europe not going for a manager that can give them the results? A disruptor like Jose Mournho would switch things up in Paris and carve out a salacious piece of history for the money bags at the helm of affairs in Le Parc des Princes.

The Current State of PSG

PSG has one of the best squads in the world. I mean Lionel Messi plays for them, in form or not, that is a major scare to any team they face. They have the mercurial Kylian Mbappe who is by far one of the standout superstars in the world. Lest I forget, Neymar wears the number 10. PSG is like a team curated by a young lad playing manager mode on FIFA. They have all the whistles and bells but no bite. 

Mauricio Pochettino

The current manager, Mauricio Pochettino, does not have what it takes to lead this present PSG side to Champions League victory. He has 65% win rate with a side that boast an attacking triumvirate of Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar! 

The last time PSG had a 60% win rate was in 2012 when Carl Ancelotti had Javier Pastore, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and an aging David Beckham to depend on for wins. Pochettino has the best squad PSG would have in a long time and he could not get past the Champions League round of 16. No matter how you want to see it, Pochettino should be held responsible for being a serial bottler. 

Giving him big names would not change the results, it’s like giving a layman an m16 rifle, he will never hit the target! 

Right from his days at Tottenham, the Argentine gaffer has only shown prospects of success but nothing to show for it. PSG does not need a manager with near-success syndrome, they need a winner and that is where José Mário dos Santos Mourinho comes in! 

Why Mourinho is perfect for PSG

The world of football is revelling in the genius that is Jose Mourinho after he added the maiden gong of the Europa Conference League to his title cabinet. Mourinho has proven time and again that he is the Special One. The famous title he gave to himself in his first press conference as manager of Chelsea in 2004 has both haunted and motivated him to success. 

In getting Jose Mourinho as their manager PSG would be getting themselves a guaranteed winner. He has won the league in every country he has managed a team, which includes the English Premier league, La Liga, and Serie A. Mourinho is a man that thrives under pressure so the brass at PSG can count on him to deliver their dream trophy. 

Mourinho is known for building formidable teams from scratch, he did it at Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan and he was very successful in these teams. Especially in Inter Milan where he won the treble with a squad composed of old established players as well as youngsters. In this current PSG team, he wouldn’t need to do a lot of recruiting but to condition the team to his style. 

You can barely count the managers that can manage the egos in the PSG dressing room without counting Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese gaffer is a strong character that can control egos and make them work together for the team. He managed a Real Madrid team that had the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe, Benzema, Kaka, the clash of egos in the locker room in Paris would not be new to him. 

Jose Mourinho & Cristiano Ronaldo parade the city of Madrid with the La Liga title in 2012

It might be a difficult pill to swallow for Manchester United fans but Jose Mourinho is the most successful manager at Old Trafford since Sir Alex Ferguson. He was on the verge of delivering Tottenham from a dusty trophy cabinet before he was axed in 2019. Spurs still have not won a trophy since 2008. 

Will Jose Mourinho go to PSG? 

It was reported in 2019 that PSG reached out to Jose Mourinho to replace Thomas Tuchel, if the German tactician had walked out after a season at the club, but the Portuguese manager insisted on total control in the dressing room so PSG did not continue talks with him. 

Jose Mourinho himself has said that he would not like to manage clubs like PSG or Bayern Munich because they dominate their leagues and it is less competitive for him. We all understand that Mourinho thrives under pressure and he would want to go where the heat is on to keep his fire burning. 

Kylian Mbappe extended his contract at PSG by 3 years

However, Qatar Sports Investments have spent over $2billion dollars since arriving in 2011 yet the club have not clinched the UEFA Champions League trophy. They got Lionel Messi from Barcelona last summer with the Argentine earning $41million a year. In a bid to stop him from going to Real Madrid, they recently gave Kylian Mbappe a contract with $53million as annual salary making him the most paid footballer in the world. They would definitely want these figures to translate to success and whoever is managing the team would be under pressure to deliver results. 

So yes, the seat at PSG is now hot enough for Mr. Mourinho to go and do what he does best. It would be a tempting offer for the Portuguese to triumph once again in another country and cement his name as one of the greatest to ever coach the game. 

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