EXCLUDED RMC SPORT – Exceptional guest of Top of the Foot, this Thursday evening on RMC, the sporting director of PSG Leonardo returned to the eighth-final second leg of the Champions League against Barça (1-1) on Wednesday. Despite the lackluster performance of the Parisians, the Brazilian is delighted with the qualification and finds extenuating circumstances.
In his eyes, the glass is not even half full, it is filled to the brim. Despite the unconvincing PSG match on Wednesday night against Barça in the knockout stages of the Champions League (1-1), Leonardo wants to retain the Parisian qualification for the quarters. Without dwelling too much on the content of the second round.
“The Champions League is like that, relativized this Thursday evening the Parisian sports director in Top of the Foot, on RMC. It’s first leg, return leg … Everyone goes through the same thing, it is impossible not to be influenced by the result of the first match (4-1 victory at Camp Nou, editor’s note). Barcelona had no pressure, they just tried to save the honor. If we look at all the eighths until now Porto suffered, Sevilla and Borussia it was tense until the end of the match, Liverpool who had to manage a 2-0 were crushed until Salah’s goal … Again, the competition is like That. Everyone brings us back to our story (the remount, editor’s note) but we are trying to get out of that. After that, it’s true that yesterday, with a penalty against you, you think about everything. not very important, compared to our ghosts. We had to move forward. “
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Asked by Emmanuel Petit about a possible mental problem for Parisian players, the Brazilian also wanted to reassure. “I think that (the weak moments, editor’s note), that’s part of the match. You can’t have 180 minutes where you manage, where you do everything. It’s a very special year in addition. I don’t want to recall everything that’s happened from the start … “But still.
“On March 11 (2020), we played Borussia, lists Leonardo. After that, we had four months without an official match, then 25 days of preparation, two national cup finals, then Final 8 of the Champions League. You make the final and you go on to Ligue 1, without stopping, with a lot of players who have had the Covid. We also made the choice to change coaches, and it is not easy for a new coach to arrive in the middle of the season and to organize everything, to understand everything. But he was very good. We have played 15 games since his arrival, we won the Champions Trophy, we qualified for the quarter-finals of the C1… “And to sum up his thought:” Honestly, I’m not worried. “