After PSG’s win against OM on Sunday, Day 32 of Ligue 1 (2-1), Mauricio Pochettino justified his choice to replace Kylian Mbappe with Mauro Icardi at the end of the game. A tactical decision according to the coach of Paris.
He never leaves with a broad smile. Like all great players, Kylian Mbappe does not like to be replaced before the end of the match. And the PSG striker missed it at the end of the 32nd day of Ligue 1 (2-1), during Sunday’s win against OM. In extra time, Mauricio Pochettino opted to take him out to bring in Mauro Icardi. The Blues striker dragged his feet to leave the lawn, to the point of receiving a yellow card, for refusing to move from the nearest edge of the lawn. Before being presented with a closed face on the bench.
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Asked about it on Prime Video, the Paris coach justified his decision: “I think it was a good time for this change with Mauro. To get a standing ovation for Mbappe? It’s because Mauro defends well from corners and that’s what he did in the last six or seven minutes. It was important for me to have him on the pitch, to keep the team going.”
Pochettino will play young people
At the tense end of the match, Icardi effectively took one or two hot balls off the head. But the Argentine centre-forward, who struggled this season and was buoyed by the Parc des Princes, also cut a fine opportunity on the counter.
While Paris are almost guaranteed to win a tenth title in their history, Pochettino has made it clear that he will provide the club’s youth with more playing time until the end of the season: “This is an opportunity to launch some young players. The future of the club, it is important for both them and Paris. It will give them a chance to earn minutes in Ligue 1.
“Neymar is very involved”
The Argentine technician also welcomed Neymar’s return to form. Writer of the opener against Marseille, Brazil has scored six goals and provided assists in their last three matches. “For the past few games, he has been making great progress, he is getting better and better, makes his coach happy. I am very pleased with his work and his commitment. He is very involved. He has incredible talent. Good job. It was in the middle of the Copa America, which deprived him of preparation, and his injury later on was not easy to manage. He tries to give himself the best and he proved it with his performance . “