“What was interesting tonight was to see that at 1-1, PSG collapsed on a mental level. This is linked to the fact that this team has lost eight games in Ligue 1 this season. This has consequences in such situations. “ Wednesday evening, Arsène Wenger highlighted the mental failings of PSG during the defeat in the semi-final of the Champions League against Manchester City (1-2).
It must be said that Paris Saint-Germain showed two faces at the Parc des Princes against the Citizens. If in the first half, Mauricio Pochettino’s men seduced observers, their second act was more worrying. Present at a press conference before the reception of the Racing Club de Lens on Saturday (5 p.m., match to be followed live with commentary on our site), the Argentinian coach tried to decipher the apathy of his players after returning from the locker room. While refuting the idea of a mental concern.
Mauricio Pochettino rejects idea of mental failure
“I did not listen to Wenger’s statements. I have a lot of respect for him and his career at Arsenal, Monaco or Japan. I will not comment because I do not know what it is about. What I can say is that from my point of view, the team was strong physically and mentally despite the three hits, the two goals and the expulsion. We held to 10 for 15 minutes against a team like City, which will win the Premier League and which is a team that has been building for six years. PSG started the match better. I have a lot of respect for Arsène Wenger and I’m not going to react to what he said. He does a lot for football and has left a great legacy, ” initially let go of the Parisian coach.
The main protagonist rather prefers to focus on the shortcomings of his team at the level of the game and on the physical level. For Mauricio Pochettino, the problem for PSG remains clear: maintain the physical requirement for ninety minutes. “I don’t believe that a team without mental quality could eliminate Barcelona or Bayern Munich and could not play at this level. Either we have the mind or we don’t. You can’t have it one game and lose it the next. In the second half against City, it is mostly football issues and we may not have been able to maintain the necessary volume of play. We have to be focused on improving the team as we have been doing for the past few months, ” thus deciphered the Argentinian technician. Now, the French champion knows which levers to activate to overthrow Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium next Tuesday …