If he has already beaten Pep Guardiola during his career, Mauricio Pochettino does not want to reduce the shock PSG-Manchester City, in the semi-final first leg of the Champions League (Wednesday, 9 p.m., on RMC Sport 1), to a duel with his counterpart.
His victory with Tottenham against Manchester City in 2019? He won’t get anything out of it. Mauricio Pochettino does not want to drag on his duel with Pep Guardiola, whom he will meet on Wednesday in the semi-final first leg of the Champions League (9 p.m., live on RMC Sport 1). The two know each other well and have faced each other 18 times in their careers. With a record largely favorable to the Spaniard (10 wins, 5 draws, 3 defeats). But Pochettino has the advantage in the Champions League with a completely crazy qualification for the semi-finals in 2019 (1-0 victory in the first leg, 4-3 defeat in the return).
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“There are not really things to remember from a match two years ago, swept the coach of PSG on Tuesday at a press conference. They will be different teams with a different approach. reality is really different. Experience is one thing but Manchester City and PSG are not the same teams today. “
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“I admire Pep for the legacy he will leave to football”
He therefore relegates to the background the reunion with the former technician of Barça that he praised in the English press on Tuesday. He reiterated his praise at a press conference. “For me, it’s a team against another, it’s not a personal battle, he said. It’s not a personal game. It will be a duel between two very good teams. When you talk Guardiola, you talk about one of the best coaches in the world, if not the best. I admire Pep a lot, what he does, his career not only because of the titles but also for the legacy that ‘he will leave football. I am a coach who loves football, who loves to be involved and try to learn how to win because that is the goal of all clubs. For me, it is a match between two greats clubs. “
The two respect each other even though their relations have been strained at times, especially when Pep Guardiola reduced Tottenham to ‘Harry Kane’s team’ in 2017. “It didn’t affect me, but in reality it’s disrespectful for a lot of people, Pochettino retorted a few days later.He was part of the Barcelona team that have been so successful thanks to a Messi at his best, but I never mentioned Messi’s side. I’ve always talked about Barcelona or Pep Guardiola. ” Like the quarter of 2019, this clash will be far from the mind of Pochettino, Wednesday evening when greeting Guardiola before kick-off at the Parc des Princes.