Before the Bayern-PSG shock, this Wednesday evening in the quarter-final first leg of the Champions League (9 p.m., RMC Sport 1), the Parisian coach Mauricio Pochettino stopped at the microphone of RMC Sport to justify his starting eleven and say what he expects from his men.
This is the big day. A little more than seven months after the disillusionment of Lisbon, PSG finds this Wednesday evening Bayern Munich in the quarter-final first leg of the Champions League (9 p.m., RMC Sport 1). A meeting for which Mauricio Pochettino imagined an eleven with some surprises, in particular the tenure of Julian Draxler in attack in place of Moise Kean. He explained it to the microphone of RMC Sport.
“We have different options to play, we are coming out of the international break in a difficult situation, with a lot of Covid cases, said the Argentinian. Julian has experience, he can bring us a lot of things, we have done squad analysis is a combination of all that, we hope to have a good game. “
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“I expect above all concentration and intensity”
Match which could depend in part on the performance of Kylian Mbappé, at the forefront of the attack in the absence of Mauro Icardi. “Kylian has played a lot of games, we prefer to put him in point, perhaps to run in the spaces, breathes Pochettino. We hope in any case to have a good performance to snatch the victory.”
Beyond the diagram, the technician expects his men to be irreproachable in attitude. “I expect especially concentration and intensity, which was lacking against Lille, he remarks. We need more consistency, more consistency, it’s a Champions League match, every players want to play this kind of meeting. They are the best team in Europe opposite. We have to play together, be aggressive. “
And do not forget the defensive withdrawal, even if you are attacking. “The most important thing is the balance, confirms Pochettino. If you want to get there you need this balance. It has been difficult this season, even with another coach, it’s a whole process to acquire this consistency, but you have to get to the result you want quickly. ” After, it will be too late.