In an interview with Radio Marca in Spain, former Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino reflected on last season’s Champions League elimination against Real Madrid. Still affected, the Argentinian underlined the responsibility of a player.
Eight months later, Mauricio Pochettino remains marked. The former Paris Saint-Germain coach has still not digested the elimination in the knockout stages of the Champions League against Real Madrid (1-0, 1-3). It must be said that this failure undoubtedly weighed in the decision not to keep him at the end of the season. Suddenly, the technician still free of any contract remembers the return match lost at Santiago Bernabéu.
Pochettino’s regret in Madrid
And according to him, more than the fatal error of goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma in front of Karim Benzema, it was one of his changes that weighed on Paris Saint-Germain. Mauricio Pochettino indeed regrets the entry of Idrissa Gueye in place of Leandro Paredes in the 70th minute, when the score was still at 1-1. ” For several minutes we continued to play well after Karim Benzema’s first goalthe former Tottenham manager told Radio Marca. We did something wrong since it was Real Madrid who qualified, we didn’t do everything right. »
🗣️🇦🇷 | Mauricio Pochettino for Radio Marca:
“Is the PSG bench the most thankless?
Absolutely. Everyone devalues the work of the coach. Especially when we won, it was thanks to the individual talent of the players and if we lost, it was the coach’s fault!” pic.twitter.com/2BZWCO0Den
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“ There were many decisions to be made, they could be good or bad. After analyzing everything, Leandro Paredes’ exit for Idrissa Gueye didn’t work out as expected. He had just won the Africa Cup of Nations and then he told us he was not ready for this match. We had no other alternative because Angel Di Maria was injured and he couldn’t start the match. These are things that you couldn’t say at the time “, Lamented Mauricio Pochettino, without sparing the Senegalese international.