Even if PSG did not show its best face this Saturday against OGC Nice (2-1) in Ligue 1, Mauricio Pochettino is convinced that his players will be present on Tuesday against FC Barcelona, in the round of 16 first leg of the Champions League (on RMC Sport1).
A victory without convincing. Before going to challenge FC Barcelona at Camp Nou on Tuesday, in the knockout stages of the Champions League (9 p.m. on RMC Sport), PSG won this Saturday afternoon against OGC Nice (2- 1) on the occasion of the 25th day of Ligue 1. A success which allows him to temporarily seize first place in the standings, pending the matches of Lille and Lyon against Brest and Montpellier. Another positive point: no player was injured at the Parc des Princes, which is not insignificant for a team which will be deprived in Catalonia of Angel Di Maria and Neymar.
“We must be ready for Tuesday”
“It was a professional game on our part, not necessarily brilliant, but solid. In these circumstances, it’s difficult to play. We put all the ingredients on the table, I’m happy with the attitude. In every game. , the objective is to win, win, win “, analyzed Mauricio Pochettino after the meeting at a press conference. Far from their best level, the Parisians opened the scoring in the first period thanks to Julian Draxler (22nd), before being scared when they returned from the locker room with the equalizer of Rony Lopes (50th), well helped by a completely failed recovery from Marquinhos (50th). After seeing Amine Gouiri’s attempt fail on the bar of Keylor Navas (61st), Paris only took the lead in the 76th minute on a header from Moise Kean. But Pochettino assures him, “the team will be ready” against Barcelona.
“From now on we can talk about Barcelona (smile). We have to be ready for Tuesday. It’s an important game. The priority is to recover, to recharge the batteries, both physically and mentally. ‘There will not be the opportunity to work a lot in the field, but we will be able to rely on the video, to do cognitive work, “hammered the Argentine technician. For its part, Barça will be entitled to a last dress rehearsal this Saturday evening with the reception of Deportivo Alavés for the 23rd day of La Liga (9 p.m.).
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