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Tottenham have new Mauricio Pochettino hope after France’s Euro 2020 defeat to Switzerland | Football | Sport

Tottenham still have hope when it comes to appointing Mauricio Pochettino as their manager for a second time, reports say. The Argentine spent five successful years in north London before being sacked by Jose Mourinho. And though he’s currently in charge of PSG, France’s Euro 2020 defeat to Switzerland can help Spurs’ cause.

Tottenham sacked Mourinho back in April, pulling the trigger just days before the Carabao Cup final.

And, since then, Spurs have toiled in their hunt for a new manager – missing out on many top bosses in the time since.

Pochettino was sought around a month ago but, ultimately, PSG made it clear the Argentine wouldn’t be going anywhere.

Since then, Tottenham have been spurned by the likes of Graham Potter, Brendan Rodgers, Antonio Conte and Julen Lopetegui – while also pulling out of talks with Paulo Fonseca and Gennaro Gattuso.

At the current moment in time, former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is the frontrunner to take over in north London.

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They even made the final of Europe’s top club competition back in 2019, only to end up losing 2-0 to Liverpool in Madrid.

Pochettino was sacked in October 2019 after overseeing a problematic start to the campaign, with Mourinho then drafted in as his replacement.

But things under the former Manchester United and Chelsea boss failed to work out, leading to his sacking in April.

Speaking after France’s Euro 2020 exit to Switzerland, Deschamps chose to defend Kylian Mbappe.

The PSG star missed the decisive spot-kick in the penalty shootout, leading to wild scenes from Switzerland players on the pitch and supporters in the stands.

He said: “Of course Kylian, even if he didn’t score a goal (in Euro 2020), he was decisive in many actions that we had, then he took the responsibility to take this penalty and no-one is really angry with him.

“I talked to the players, we know the strength of this squad, of this team, we had many magnificent moments together today.

“It really hurts, there’s a lot of sadness and, well, there were many things that we did really well in this match, but not everything and if we think too much about this match it won’t help too much.

“This Euro was really difficult, it’s not an excuse, and now there’s the last European champion and the last world champion who have to go home, it hurts but we have to accept it.”

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris insisted France weren’t looking for excuses after the game.

“It’s hard, especially at a penalty shootout when it becomes a lottery,” said the goalkeeper.

“The regret that we can have is that we led 3-1. In recent years, we know how to shut up shop. We cannot blame ourselves for a lack of generosity, we went all the way to the end. We’re not looking for excuses.

“We can’t talk about a failed match, but given we’re the French national team, world champions, it’s not a good result to be eliminated in the round of 16.”

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