PSG head coach Mauricio Pochettino has commented on the upcoming return match against Manchester City in the Champions League semi-final after scoring 1-2 in the first leg. PSG must score at least twice the score of first-leg to defeat Manchester City n the return leg, however, they will take confidence from two brilliant attacking performances in their away legs at Barcelona and Bayern Munich in previous rounds.
Pochettino said evaluating PSG’s odds of surmounting City the mood in camp was good and he was confident of a positive performance to ‘try and be better’ than the hosts as a starting point.
PSG is just 90 mins away from the Champions League finals where they have been last year as well against Bayern Munich. This year the Parisians thrashed Bayern in the quarter-finals advancing to the last fours. This season could be PSG’s second consecutive final if they triumph City in the semi-finals.
Pochettino on return match with Man City
“Today we will still assess Mbappe’s condition. He will be practicing individually. In the evening we will see how he is feeling and whether he will be ready to play, and then we will make a decision,” Pochettino said to UEFA official website.
“We have a big squad; all the players can fulfill our task. Even if Kylian is unable to play, our team has everything to try and win.”
“Our goal is to deny them the ball. Given the qualities of the players, our team also likes to keep the ball, but keeping the balance between possession and transition phases.”
“We will play aggressively and try to make good use of our chances. We need to score two goals, it will be a real battle. It will be difficult, but we must be ready for it.”
“It is difficult to calculate what exactly we should do in such a game also it is hard to predict anything. Football is a game that can always surprise you.”
“Situations may arise during a match that you can handle well because you have been working on it during the season. It’s a specific method, a whole philosophy, and the team is prepared to deal with these situations.”