In a press conference, on the eve of the knockout stages of the Champions League against Barça, Mauricio Pochettino maintained the vagueness concerning his desire to start Marco Verratti on Tuesday (9 p.m.).
The liar poker game has begun. The Italian Marco Verratti, present in the Parisian group for the trip to Catalonia, is expected on the field this Tuesday against Barça, but his coach maintained the vagueness at a press conference, concerning his probable tenure. Mauricio Pochettino hopes to be able to count on him against at Camp Nou, in the round of 16 first leg of the Champions League, but the Argentinian technician was not able to guarantee it. Maybe he didn’t mean to either.
Verratti trained on Saturday
“We have to move forward little by little, step by step, as we say in English, with Marco Verratti, he explained in a press conference. He will be training today, the session will not be too demanding 24 hours a day. before the game. We have a strategy, a game plan that will also depend on the players who will be available. The decisions that we will have to take after training will have an impact. Everyone will see it tomorrow, on site. “
Arranged Wednesday in the Coupe de France in Caen (1-0) then Saturday against Nice (2-1) in Ligue 1, the Italian midfielder is recovering from a big blow to a hip against Marseille last weekend. He nevertheless trained on Saturday, despite “a little pain”. An essential part of the Parisian team, his presence is all the more crucial as Pochettino will need his creativity, perhaps in a more advanced role, to compensate for the absence of superstars Neymar (adductor) and Angel Di Maria (thigh ).