With eleven victories, one draw and one defeat in thirteen games, Paris Saint-Germain calmly settled at the top of Ligue 1 before the reception of FC Nantes this Saturday at the Parc des Princes (5pm). In the Champions League, the capital club has not yet guaranteed their participation in the final phase but with a second place in group A, one point behind leaders Manchester City who will be challenged on Wednesday at the Etihad Stadium (9:00 p.m.) , the Parisians. They are not far from qualifying anymore. Yes, but here it is, the Parisian formation wins, but not with the form.
For several weeks now, the style of play, or rather the gameplay, of PSG has been asking questions and PSG sporting director Leonardo did not beat around the bush after narrow victory over LOSC not long ago. The club’s coach, Mauricio Pochettino, has been questioned several times on the subject, only tonight at a pre-match press conference, in a heated interview after a final whistle or in front of the press after a match. But each time, the Argentine kicked a bit on the touch or did not give a clear answer. Until today. Because in a long interview with The team, the former Tottenham manager has long responded to criticism of PSG’s style of play.
“Not that it bothers me, but we know what we want.”
“Every coach, at the highest level as a fan, has a style. When you work to become a coach, you develop your style: your tastes, your management, your methods with your staff. We are a staff that has a defined style, a philosophy, ideas. So the question is how and when you can implement what really suits you. And that depends on the requirements of the club, as we said before. If you look at what we did at Espanyol, Southampton or Tottenham, you will see the style of play that we like, launched the 49-year-old coach first, who then spoke in depth about PSG. We are also in process. We arrived in January, there was a different team structure. This summer other types of players have arrived and they may force you to take more time to achieve the style you are looking for. Or, if it is, it will never reach it. “
Mauricio Pochettino asks for time, and then the Argentine raised his tone a bit: “We return to the adherence we seek. Perhaps it can be done in another way. Maybe we can’t do it consistently, like we did at Tottenham. But I think we can get there sometimes and play differently at other times (…) Going back to the question about style, it’s not just that it bothers me, but we know what we want. We have a plan and we have to go through stages ”. Arrived last January on the Parisian bench with his squad, the Murphy native knows very well what direction he wants to take, but everything is pending. Patience, patience then …
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