Neymar and Mbappe warned Pochettino will be "ruthless" with big PSG decisions

PSG stars including Neymar and Kylian Mbappe have been warned of the ruthlessness that Mauricio Pochettino has.

Former Tottenham boss Pochettino took over at PSG last month and guided the side to a 4-1 Champions League first leg win over Barcelona this week.

That was largely thanks to a superb Mbappe hat-trick with Neymar currently on the sidelines due to injury.

Pochettino was without a trophy win during his time with Spurs, though there is an expectation in the French capital to deliver silverware.

And ex-Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel has explained the mentality of the former Southampton and Espanyol boss.

Friedel, speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-A-Side Bet on West Ham v Tottenham, said: “I think every team in the world missed a trick by not hiring Mauricio Pochettino. He's outstanding; he really is.

“He's a very intelligent man, his whole staff are intelligent. He works tirelessly. His knowledge of football on and off the field is excellent.

“I think he'll be able to go into any boardroom and navigate through that boardroom in a successful manner, while keeping his philosophies intact.

“He's been in and around the biggest players around his whole life, as a player and manager. He knows how to handle players with egos. I couldn't say any more nice things about him.

“He also has a hard streak, and if you're not doing things the right way for him, he can be ruthless.

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  • “I’m glad he's at a team where he'll be able to get a trophy haul in. When you're not at one of the bigger teams, it's hard to lift trophies; it really is.

    “What Leicester did a few years back was truly remarkable. But Pochettino is outstanding; he really is.”

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