PSG-Bayern: Pochettino explains why Verratti is on the bench

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At the microphone of RMC Sport one hour before the kickoff of PSG-Bayern, in the quarter-final second leg of the Champions League, Mauricio Pochettino estimated that the scenario of this match could be very different from that of the first leg. And the Argentine explained the presence of Marco Verratti on the bench at kick-off.

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After suffering greatly in the first leg, despite the 3-2 victory, Mauricio Pochettino expects a “completely different” match for this Champions League quarter-final second leg between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich. “Each game has its complexity. We know that you have to win to go to the semi-finals. The team is good and has desire,” said the Argentine coach exclusively on RMC Sport 1, before the kick off. dispatch scheduled at 9 p.m.

Thus, even if the game against has worked well at the Allianz Arena, Mauricio Pochettino would prefer to have control of the meeting: “We try to prepare to dominate the match. Sometimes it is not always possible. We want to dominate. , but Bayern Munich are one of the better teams and it will be difficult.

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Pochettino: “Verratti is coming back from the Covid, he had symptoms that affected him”

In midfield, Leandro Paredes is back from suspension. But the Parisian coach does not want to insist on his presence. He recalled that the latter had started in the eighth-final second leg against FC Barcelona (1-1). This match was largely dominated by the Catalans. “Against Barça, here, we had 30% possession with Verratti and Paredes. It’s more a question of collective performance. The important thing is that all the players have the ability to manage the game well, the tempo.”

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As for Marco Verratti, replacing after missing the first leg because of the coronavirus, an entry into play could take place in the second half. “For this kind of decision, we are necessarily linked to the medical field. He is coming back from the Covid, he had symptoms that affected him, explained Mauricio Pochettino about the Italian. At the physical level, there are has a little stranger and he lacks a bit of rhythm. I hope we can get him to play, if we need to during the game. “

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