As the world of football continues to deal with the aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic, whether it be delays, cancellations or suspension of matches, it’s easy to forget that those who test positive have to deal with the short and long-term effects of the virus that has now infected over 90 million people worldwide.
Jonathan Johnson of CBS Soccer has confirmed another prominent figure in football has tested positive. This time, it’s our beloved former manager Mauricio Pochettino.
The Argentine has led the French giants to two wins from his first three matches and Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Olympique de Marseille secured the Trophee des Champions — his first piece of silverware as a boss.
Pochettino, 48, will now enter into isolation and will be subject to the standard health protocols as PSG continue their season at Stade Raymond Kopa this weekend.
To say it’s been a roller coaster of a start for Pochettino at Paris Saint-Germain is an understatement, given he’s gone from winning his first trophy as a manager to going into isolation because of COVID-19. Currently, Metropolitan France is under a nightly curfew but is not in a full lockdown. They are following WHO guidelines for isolation, meaning that Pochettino can return if he does not show symptoms approximately seven days from testing positive.
Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino has tested positive for COVID-19.— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) January 15, 2021
He will therefore enter isolation and is subject to the appropriate health protocols.
His assistants Jesus Perez and Miguel D’Agostino, will take over for tomorrow's match in Angers
We are all still fans of Poch and wish him nothing of the best, so it goes without saying that we want him to kick COVID to the curb and get back on the touchline managing safely as soon as possible.