PSG is playing a quarter-final of the Coupe de France this Wednesday (6:45 p.m.) against Angers, but it is another theme that is in the news this week. Asked about the Super League, a dissident competition that intends to overshadow the Champions League, PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino was very evasive.
True to what he has offered to journalists since he sat on the bench at Paris Saint-Germain this year, Mauricio Pochettino has remained cautious, using his finest wooden tongue when it comes to the Super League . A sensitive subject, which tenses up and divides the world of football. The Argentine technician therefore refrained from taking a position, for or against this dissident competition.
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Paris Saint-Germain are not among the twelve founding clubs of the Super League, which they refused to join. By adopting this position, the capital club has donned a costume that does not displease most football fans, governments and authorities.
“We must be careful before issuing an opinion, without having all the information necessary to form a very precise idea,” he said at a press conference on Tuesday. Because we have a responsibility when we speak publicly. We know that a group of clubs are trying to create a new competition. UEFA is trying to improve the Champions League. We will see what happens over the next few days, weeks, months. Our responsibility, to the coaches and to the players, is to stay focused on the competitions in which we are still in contention. And prepare our matches in the best possible way. “
Bielsa and Klopp much more bloody
Praised for his speech before the meeting between Leeds and Liverpool (1-1), Jürgen Klopp had initially adopted the same position as Mauricio Pochettino, refraining from attacking the position of the Reds head-on. But by dint of being revived by the journalist who questioned him almost exclusively on this subject, the coach of the Reds had ended up distancing himself from the project, like other of his colleagues, ensuring that he had “not changed his mind” on the question, he who has always been hostile to the idea.
After the meeting, Marcelo Bielsa was even more severe with the designers of the competition. “The fundamental problem is that the rich always aspire to be richer, regardless of the consequences for others, he said. What makes the competition great is the possibility for one of the teams weak to develop, not to see the big teams compete against each other. But the logic of the world at the moment, and therefore that of football, is not that. It is that the powerful get richer and the weak are getting poorer. If that’s what’s driving the world right now, why be surprised? It shouldn’t surprise us. “