The PSG coach praised his midfielder and was delighted to be in the last four of the C1.
Mauricio Pochettino is in heaven. Arrived this winter on the bench of Paris Saint-Germain, the Argentinian helped the capital club to reach the semi-final of the Champions League and succeeded where Thomas Tuchel failed: beat Bayern Munich . Paris Saint-Germain is now in the last four of the competition and will have only one obsession in mind, finally winning the Champions League, after several years of trying without success.
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In a press conference, Mauricio Pochettino showed his satisfaction after the qualification but does not consider his team as the favorite of the competition: “The team is in the semi-finals, nothing more than that. I’m very happy for that. Are PSG now favorites? I think not. We eliminated Barcelona in the round of 16. We eliminated Bayern. on these two matches but, for all that, I do not believe that we have become favorites “.
“Chelsea are qualified, tomorrow (Wednesday) we will see who from Liverpool, Real Madrid, Dortmund and Manchester City qualify. But they have as much chances as us for the final victory. I have no preference for the opponent (between City and Dortmund). We played against Barca, Bayern Munich. We eliminated them. It is not for us to choose who will be the opponente, “added the Paris Saint-Germain coach.
“We haven’t changed the plan”
The Argentinian believes he was calm on the sidelines: “I lived it quietly, normal. We were focused on the game. Otherwise, I tried to help the team with their needs. Tactically, we stuck to our original idea. We haven’t changed the plan. We only fixed some things that allowed us to defend much better. Did my team surprise me? I don’t think I learned anything new. There is nothing special that jumps out at me. It’s a new staff and a group of players, we are getting to know each other better. Getting to know each other on a daily basis helps with that “.
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Finally, Mauricio Pochettino praised Idrissa Gueye and gave news of the injured: “Abdou is going to undergo examinations. We hope it’s nothing serious. When Idrissa came out of the field, I said to her: ‘You have been a machine’. It’s a machine. Colin (Dagba) also made a big part, he had in front of him a very great player (Kingsley Coman). Since the early days, the idea has been to behave like a team. We have to behave like a team in both phases of the game. Both offensively and defensively. This is what we managed to do “.
From now on, Paris Saint-Germain will have to focus on the championship with a match against AS Saint-Etienne this weekend and will certainly have an eye on their future opponent tomorrow night, the winner of the double confrontation between Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund.