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Borussia Dortmund chiefs discuss making Mauricio Pochettino approach after Tottenham axe


Borussia Dortmund are discussing the possibility of approaching Mauricio Pochettino about becoming the German club’s new manager.

Current Dortmund boss Lucien Favre is under pressure following an average start to the season.

The club drew with relegation candidatures Paderborn last week, something which irked sporting director Michael Zorc, who called the result ‘unacceptable’.

And according to the Independent, Dortmund are going to talk about approaching Pochettino, who was relieved of his managerial duties by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy last week.

Jose Mourinho replaced Pochettino within hours in a move that shocked the Argentine, who was said to be ‘devastated’ at his axing.

Dortmund are a club known for their trust in youth players and preference for playing high-tempo football and they’re a club who aren’t likely to pay over the odds with big transfer fees.

Pochettino is a manager that would likely be able to fill that role, considering the job he did at Spurs, particularly reaching the Champions League final, with an overall net spend of £109million during his five-and-a-half years with Spurs.

The Independent also state, though, that Dortmund are weary they could be ‘outmuscled’ by some of Europe’s biggest clubs, knowing how popular Pochettino has become.

Mourinho made his managerial debut for Spurs on Saturday and beat West Ham 3-2 but tomorrow night Tottenham need to beat Olympiakos in the Champions League in order to progress to the last 16.  

Mourinho said ahead of the game: “I can imagine [the atmosphere], because I’ve been at the new stadium as a football lover, watching Spurs v Newcastle and I felt it.

“The game was not good but I felt the connection between the fans and the team. When you move home but you get a better home you don’t miss it so much.

“I hope tomorrow can be the restart of the empathy between the fans and the team.

“With these boys I will never be afraid of any Champions League match. We need to qualify.

“It’s only when my teams arrive in the quarter-finals that I start thinking that we have a chance. In this moment we are far from it.”



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