The Argentinian praised Kylian Mbappé and spoke of the difficulty of winning the Champions League for PSG.
Arrived this winter at PSG, Mauricio Pochettino had to quickly get to the heart of the matter in the French capital. The Argentinian team is in the fight for the title of champion of France and has yet to catch up on Lille by the end of the season, but above all, PSG still aims to win the Champions League and has struck a big blow by beating Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena. During this meeting, Kylian Mbappé distinguished himself with a double. In an interview with Rio Ferdinand for BT Sport, Mauricio Pochettino praised the French international.
PSG with Verratti and Florenzi but without Marquinhos
“It’s very easy to work with Kylian Mbappé. He’s 22, but he’s very mature. In his mind, he wants to work, play and score goals. It’s very easy to communicate with him, his Spanish and his english is fantastic. I can speak with him in english, spanish and french. it is very easy to work with him. he is humble. it is impossible not to like him. unbelievable. He is the easiest player to train that I have had in the 12 years I have coached“, confessed the Argentinian.
Mauricio Pochettino tried to explain the rather odd season for PSG: “PSG lacked consistency in Ligue 1 and were very close to being eliminated in the Champions League. PSG lacked consistency and when you start the season like that, it’s very complicated. What’s more, currently, teams like Lille, Lyon and Monaco only have national competitions to play. It’s a very physical championship, even more so than in England and Spain. To be very close to winning the C1, we had to refocus very quickly and to think that we could return quickly to the final. It will be hard. The C1 this season is very difficult for the PSG “.
Put more demands on the players at PSG
“Bayern Munich are a very good example of what we want to do, build. They are very aggressive. We knew they were going to press high, but behind they can make mistakes. Once we have broken that first line pressing, we can hurt their defense. It will be a different game on the return leg. We are working well. Bayern are a team that play very well, for me they are the best team in the world today. to hurt them “, added the former Spurs coach.
PSG-Bayern, Papin: “Bayern can recover from anything”
Mauricio Pochettino spoke of PSG’s obsession with winning the C1: “Last year PSG were very close to winning the Champions League. It was a completely different C1 than when we were in the final with Tottenham against Liverpool. But of course the fans dream of the Champions League but for winning the C1 is not that simple. PSG has completely dominated national competitions for almost ten years “.
“Sometimes you believe you can win the Champions League when you dominate domestic competitions, but it’s hard to have the requirements to be ready when you have to play against Real Madrid, Bayern Munich. something is missing. What we want to build is that, to set a major requirement every day that we are here. Of course, PSG is built to win all the trophies but for that we must put this requirement, build something strong, pushing and increasing the usual standards, this is perhaps what the club lacks and we want to change ça “, concluded the Argentinian.