Bayern-PSG: what Pochettino had planned and why it worked perfectly

PSG won a precious victory on the field of Bayern Munich (3-2) in the quarter-final first leg of the Champions League on Wednesday evening. He did it while suffering, yes, but Mauricio Pochettino had partly foreseen it.

It is easy to say post-match, after PSG’s victory on Bayern (3-2) in the Champions League, that Mauricio Pochettino had everything planned. No, the Paris Saint-Germain coach did not want his team to concede so many chances on the lawn of the Allianz Arena (32 shots), nor for Keylor Navas to be one of the most important men in the meeting. . But the Argentine, on the other hand, had planned for his team to leave the ball as much to his opponent.

Paris was only able to take advantage of leather 31% of the time to exploit the spaces left by the Bavarians. This is the other point on which Pochettino insisted during his video sessions: with his technical staff, the technician had noticed that Bayern often defended one on one. This is one of the reasons for the presence of Kylian Mbappé at the forefront. The Frenchman, who has played a lot in recent weeks, has also been placed in this position to have less defensive effort to provide.

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Satisfaction and prudence

In his speech, Mauricio Pochettino insisted on the balance of the team, on the state of mind of his men and on the efforts to be made to obtain results. “When you win it’s always easier to explain your decisions, everyone thinks you made the right choices, the coach will say after the match. But the credit goes to the players, they are the main players. , it is their quality that must be emphasized. There have been a lot of sacrifices tonight. ”

The post-match was quite similar to that experienced by the Parisians after the big victory in Barcelona (4-1), between satisfaction with an incredible success and caution vis-à-vis the return match in Princes Park. A contrast with the state of mind of the Germans, always sure of their strength and their ability to seek qualification in Paris next Tuesday.

The final result on Wednesday night did not change the pre-match balance between the two teams. Except that Paris won at the Allianz Arena. And that the pressure is now on the shoulders of Bayern Munich, which had not lost a Champions League match for two years.

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