The PSG coach was present at a press conference on Monday before the Champions League quarter-final return against Bayern Munich.
After the success in Bavaria (2-3), Paris Saint-Germain will have to fight this Tuesday evening to validate their ticket for the last four of the Champions League and eliminate the reigning European champion, Bayern Munich. Aware of the stakes, Mauricio Pochettino underlined the importance of the state of mind and the attitude of his players for this meeting during the pre-match press conference on Monday. The Argentine also gave news of Marquinhos, Verratti and Florenzi, uncertain for the clash against Bayern Munich.
In the first leg, you suffered on the sides, is it possible to defend well on the sides and in the center?
One of the qualities of Bayern Munich is the play on the sides. We suffered, it’s true, but we won the match. This is what we will have to do tomorrow too. Afterwards, of course, we have to correct some things on the pitch, but as Presnel Kimpembe said, we are playing against one of the best teams in Europe and even the best.
Tactically, how do you plan to approach this game with your lead following the victory in the first leg?
Bayern know how we play too, I don’t think they’re going to change the way they play, neither do we. We will try to impose our ideas. It’s a game in which one team will dominate the other, but talking about tactics would take a lot of time. I believe both teams will stick to their usual guiding ideas.
During the first leg, Benjamin Pavard said that it was 50-50 this double confrontation between PSG and Bayern Munich, is it always the case after the result of the first leg?
Yes for me it is a confrontation where the two teams can pass. We respect Bayern Munich a lot, I think they’re the best team in the world right now. We have enormous respect for them. We are confident in our strengths. We will try to beat her, despite the respect we have, in order to qualify.
Can you give us any news from Marquinhos, will he be absent?
We do not know yet. We will make a decision tomorrow. In principle, he could be part of the group. To start the match, of course, he won’t be able to, but he could be on the sidelines.
Your team had their best away games, how do you explain that and how do you have a good game tomorrow at home?
That is true. It’s very hard to explain. We have to study the causes. This is something that we have to study at the end of the season. But I hope that from tomorrow we can reverse this situation.
“It’s not a question of names, but of attitude”
Can the two Italian internationals (Verratti and Florenzi) start the match?
In principle we have not decided on the team. Difficult to start Marco Verratti and for Alessandro Florenzi we will also see how he is tomorrow.
You talk a lot about winning this match, how do you plan not to relive the domination of Bayern that there was in the first leg? Can the presence of Verratti and Paredes help?
I don’t think it’s a question of names. Against FC Barcelona at home, we had a lot of difficulty keeping the ball despite the presence of Verratti and Paredes in the team. It is not a question of names. It’s a question of collective attitude, of the approach of the match that we will have. It will not only be necessary to defend, but also to keep the ball, to hurt the opponent. This is the challenge that we will face tomorrow, and we will have to bring back a good result. That’s 31 chances, not 31 shots in the first leg. It’s different. Tomorrow we need the attitude and the ability to keep the ball. FC Barcelona is a thing of the past, it’s Bayern against us, it’s the best team in the world. Of course, Bayern will put us in difficulty. We must be strong, united, to be able to face this moment.
Do you mind hearing about an exploit in the event of qualifying for the semi-finals?
No, I don’t mind. The favorite is still the defending champion. They have won the C1 six times, they are the favorites. We aspire to win this trophy. I don’t mind, whatever happens if we qualify it will be something important for PSG to be in the Champions League semi-final.
What can you tell us about Kimpembe’s role in the defense of PSG?
He is an important player, he is a player from the training center, he has the values, the identity of the club. He has very great qualities. He is a very important player in this team.