Despite watching his Paris Saint-Germain side become the first of many victims of a Los Blancos comeback in the round of 16 of this year’s competition, the Argentine still wants to see Real beat Liverpool in Paris .
Indeed, his former Espanyol boss, Madrid legend and nine-time LaLiga champion Jose Antonio Camacho taught him about the Spanish giants during his playing career.
“It’s clear that my heart is much whiter than red,” Pochettino told Marca.
“My weakness for Madrid comes from 1994, when I arrived in Barcelona. I was lucky that my coach was José Antonio Camacho, who transmitted this love for Real Madrid to me.
“I have never been able, as a player and a coach, to be at Madrid, but my emotional preference is clear.”
PSG boss Pochettino couldn’t be blamed for wondering if his side would be lining up in the French capital tonight if they hadn’t been knocked out in the Round of 16 by a hat-trick from Karim Benzema as two goals ahead in total with 30 minutes remaining of the tie.
“The team couldn’t overcome the psychological impact of conceding a goal at the Bernabeu,” he noted.
“Real Madrid got the upper hand and created chances to beat us. Looking at how the knockouts against Chelsea and Manchester City went, I think Paris Saint-Germain came closest to the elimination of Real Madrid given our control, on the draw and the second leg.