While PSG struggles to print its game, the Parisian coach defended himself by recalling the difficulties of European leaders this weekend.
Yes the PSG returned to victory on the lawns of Ligue 1, the vice-champions of France did not shine. After two sluggish draws against Nice (0-0) and at Lens (1-1), the Parisians won 2-0 against Monaco but were again hardly inspired, relying on Kylian Mbappé to make the difference.
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Mauricio Pochettino nevertheless liked what he saw. Asked at a press conference, the Argentinian technician once again underlined the progress of his team. ” In terms of results, it is positive. There are always improvements to be made in terms of performance. It comes little by little. We are going in the right direction, he confided. The characteristics of the workforce are quite special, there is talent. We are trying to do it, we hope to continue to progress to arrive in the best conditions in February / March, at an important time of the season. There were some good times in the game this Sunday, we were compact, we were in a hurry.»
And in his defense, the Parisian coach took the example of the English cadors or Bayern Munich, who also suffered to win this weekend. ” Do this for 90 minutes, we see that it’s hard everywhere in Europe, he assured. Compared to the start of the year, there is progress. But we must always be more solid without a ball. We did not concede a goal against a very good ASM team. It is nevertheless a challenge: to be more solid. I don’t think a team in Europe dominates the game for 90 minutes… We saw City, Liverpool, Chelsea winning in the end, Bayern too. It’s hard for the teams to control for 90 minutes. You have to be demanding with PSG. There is talent. The ideal is to control, to score goals and not to concede chances. But there is an opponent and he creates difficulties… All coaches want that. Do it ? That’s the difficulty… ”