Guillem Balague sheds light on Barcelona's interest in Mauricio Pochettino, Everton raid unlikely

Guillem Balague Presenter of Sky Sports during the press conference

Barcelona look likely to replace Luis Enrique this summer, with Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino touted for the job.

Everton manager Ronald Koeman (L) and Tottenham manager Mauricio PochettinoEverton manager Ronald Koeman (L) and Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has told Sky Sports that he thinks Mauricio Pochettino will have a big decision to make over a move to Barcelona this summer.

Barcelona took on Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday night, and were embarrassed in the French capital.

PSG hammered Barca 4-0 at the Parc des Princes, with Angel Di Maria scoring either side of a Julian Draxler strike, with Edinson Cavani adding a late fourth.

Barcelona could still fight back in the second leg at the Camp Nou, but they look to be crashing out of the competition before the quarter-finals for the first time since 2007.

With Barcelona also behind Real Madrid in the race for the La Liga title, the pressure is mounting on manager Luis Enrique, and many now expect him to lose his job at the end of the season.

Now, Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has told Sky Sports that he believes Enrique will be going this summer, with two managers suggested for the job.

Everton's Ronald Koeman is a fan favourite at Barcelona having scored a staggering 88 goals for the club in his playing days despite being a defender, whilst Mauricio Pochettino's work at Tottenham has also put him in the frame – despite both playing for and managing rivals Espanyol.

Balague claims that Pochettino is admired at Barcelona, and could face a big decision this summer if they come calling, as he will need assurances that Tottenham will continue to progress in the coming years.

Guillem Balague Presenter of Sky Sports during the press conferenceGuillem Balague Presenter of Sky Sports during the press conference

Balague added that he doesn't think Koeman will be in the mix for Barcelona unless they decide to go for a more direct style of play, which will be music to the ears of Everton supporters.

“I have the impression Mauricio Pochettino is admired in Barcelona and will have a big decision to make in the summer, because he will want Spurs to continue his progression,” said Balague. “If he gets that there is no doubt he will stay, but he has directors at Barca that admire him and he has been on the list for a while. I am not surprised, even though he is closely linked to Espanyol and moving to Barcelona might be difficult, because he has the quality, style and philosophy to succeed.”

“Ronald Koeman has said himself he hasn't got a call yet. He is doing a good job at Everton and has been named in shortlists in the past, but I am not sure if he will be now, and Barcelona will have to decide before going for another head coach what football they want to put in practice,” he added.

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