The previous day of the match between AS Saint-Etienne and PSG as part of matchday 15 of Ligue 1 (13 hours, Prime Video, Canal Plus Sport), Mauricio Pochettino was present at Press conference. It was a question injured people, his future, young people but also Sergio Ramos. Selected excerpts.
The match schedule (PSG TV)
« We are used to playing in the afternoon or at 9 pm We have to leave today for Saint-Étienne, to sleep and play there at 1 pm. But it doesn’t change a lot of things, compared to trainingent during the week. »
Absences (PSG TV)
« We have to find solutions, luckily we have a great squad. It is good for players who have little playing time to be on the team and have a chance to play.«
« He behaves normally, professionally, tries to help the team. Is positive. He is a player we know, with a lot of experience, a great champion. He can bring your knowledge, values. You need to play. We will have to see how he adapts to the championship, completely different from La Liga. It’s hard to predict that, it’s just feeling. It will take as long as it takes. »
Rumors about his future
« We have always focused on City. There is no control over the rumors, we stayed focused. I am always focused on football, on games, on our work. It does not affect us.«
Verratti’s new injury
« These are things that happen in football. He is an important player for us, but also for all the coaches who passed through here. He is a fundamental player. It’s a shame we can’t count on him tomorrow. We hope you can find this continuity with the team to play regularly.. We remain positive and hope it will be his last injury.«
« The players at our disposal are club players, that we treat in a humane and professional way. Young people will have the opportunity to shine, when they deserve it. Some players have the level to integrate a first team as that of PSG.«
The progression of PSG
« We meet Manchester City and from 71 to 73, Neymar’s action is a perfect example of the exchange of passes and the danger that we would like to put in his place during a match. This is one of the things that can be noticed. It is something that gives confidence, in the confidence that we can have. Then it must be extended in time.«
Messi favorite of the Balloon of Gold ?
« My players are the favorites (to laugh!) “
Its popularity in England
« I am very focused on PSG. The looming rumors. In general. Rumors happen often, and it’s a good sign that they happen often, because it is a sign that we are doing a good job. We are calm, humble. We don’t believe these rumors, we focus on doing a good job. We make sure to stay calm and not get affected. The players are also focused. Beef Bourguignon or Rosbeef? Argentine barbecue, always (laughs!) ”
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