Ligue 1 Has only taken 19 points from possible 27
Despite the rather brutal 4-1 victory over Barcelona in the Champions League, Mauricio Pochettino is struggling to put all the pieces together in Ligue 1 with Paris Saint-Germain.
In fact, the Argentine has equalled the worst league start any PSG coach has made since the QSI takeover occurred in 2011.
A return of 19 points from a possible 27 is far from ideal for the French champions, and they are trailing both Lyon and Lille in the domestic standings, which would be a monumental failure for a club with the resources the Parisians have.
Pochettino‘s dismantling of Barcelona was the clear evidence that he is still the world-class football coach that took Tottenham Hotspur from being the laughing stock of north London to the Champions League final, yet he is struggling to motivate his players for domestic football.
This may in itself explain an inherent problem with a league that usually is uncompetitive for PSG, and perhaps may point to a wider reason why Kylian Mbappe is yet to sign a contract extension in the French capital.
Sunday saw PSG slip to a defeat against Monaco, who were excellent on the night but are not the same team that had Mbappe, Bernardo Silva and co.
“As long as it’s mathematically possible, we will try to win the league,” Pochettino declared.
“We have to accept the situation, work and find out why we suffered these defeats.
“When we don’t win, the main person responsible is me.”
Neymar‘s traditional February injury layoff hasn’t helped Pochettino, although the stats will show his record to start in Ligue 1 is as bad as both Carlo Ancelotti and Unai Emery.
Ironically, the man who Pochettino replaced, Thomas Tuchel, had the best start to life as PSG coach, taking a grand total of 27 points from a possible 27 in his opening run of fixtures. He also did this by scoring 32 goals and conceding just six.