For Rolland Courbis, Mauricio Pochettino was not very inspired in his choices, especially during the match, during the double-confrontation between PSG and Manchester City in the semi-final of the Champions League.
He lost his standoff with Pep Guardiola. Twice in a week. Mauricio Pochettino did not really shine with his choices during the double-confrontation between PSG and Manchester City, in the semi-final of the Champions League. On the way to the Parc des Princes, for example, some did not understand his choice to line up Mitchel Bakker as left side. For the return to the Etihad Stadium, others would have preferred to see Moise Kean start at a peak rather than Mauro Icardi, in the absence of Kylian Mbappé. But the critics seem to focus mostly around his coaching. Or rather his lack of coaching during the match.
During the defeat on Parisian soil (2-1), the Argentine coach had waited for the last ten minutes, and the expulsion of Idrissa Gueye, to bring in Danilo Pereira and Ander Herrera. On Wednesday, he admittedly made five changes in the second half, but Kean had to wait for the hour mark to replace a transparent and far too static Icardi to hope to worry his Mancunian bodyguards. Also in great difficulty, Alessandro Florenzi did not come out until the 75th minute of play, when the Skyblues were already leading 2-0. Very nervous, Marco Verratti played him the whole meeting, completely foiling in the last quarter of an hour.
“There is an anomaly somewhere”
“We saw Verratti running to the right, to the left, discussing and protesting to the referee. Something had to be done and be of service to him by replacing him,” said Rolland Courbis, member of the Dream Team RMC Sport, who is struggling to understand Pochettino’s attitude and his choice to maintain disappointing elements so far in the matches.
“Fatigue is causing damage. In the times we are going through, the coaches have the possibility of making five changes. In the first leg, the first change in Paris was made fifteen minutes from the end while PSG was being eaten up. in the first thirty minutes of the second period (in the 80th, editor’s note). There is an anomaly somewhere “, supports the former coach of Bordeaux and OM.
“Pochettino said we shouldn’t judge him this year, so we’ll wait until next season. But we can still judge him a little bit on some things that seem abnormal. In the two games, I think he There are a good 30-40 minutes for PSG. There was the possibility of doing better, “said Courbis. This PSG Pochettino version still has two goals at the end of the season: to win the Coupe de France and not to be stolen the title in Ligue 1.
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