Josep Maria Bartomeu met with Tottenham Hotspur coach Mauricio Pochettino at a restaurant in Barcelona, amid conflicting rumors about whether he is being considered as a potential replacement for Luis Enrique.
Pochettino has been mentioned by some as having an outside shot of getting the Barcelona job, and this meeting has probably made his betting odds get even stronger.
But Mundo Deportivo says the meeting was a coincidence. Both men just happened to be there and, since they know each other, spoke cordially.
Pochettino does not meet the only requirement Barcelona have revealed publicly for getting the job: having “Barça DNA.”
In fact, he has almost the opposite DNA. Pochettino played for and managed crosstown rivals Espanyol.
So, will Poch manage Barça? It’s possible, maybe, but it doesn’t look especially likely even after the meeting.