PSG’s biggest gamble in the Champions League: Mauricio Pochettino remains undisturbed by the extra pressure to win now: With the arrival of Lionel Messi and the uncertain future of Kylian Mbappe, everything is in jeopardy this season for Paris Saint-Germain Paris Saint-Germain continue their UEFA Champions League campaign on Wednesday against Club Brugge in Belgium and the French giants are among the favorites of the title and yet face some of Manchester City’s most promising players in Group A.
Speaking ahead of the game at Jan Breydel Stadium on Tuesday evening, head coach Mauricio Pochettino enjoyed PSG’s expectations since the summer of Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Georginio Wijnaldum, Achraf Hakimi and Nuno Mendes.
“We know we will be judged on our results at the end of this season,” Pochettino said. “The pressure is on every club, and we know that the Champions League has been a big goal for PSG for years.
“Maybe we are one of the teams that has hit the paper with Chelsea given our summer and that they are defending the champions. They have invested more than PSG, however, so it is the team that will beat me. We have worked and now we need to lay the groundwork for a bigger team.” he accepted a new interest in the team but insisted that it was for journalists and fans to chat and not players.
“We know the pressure every year, especially for PSG – it comes with the field. Football has been like that since I was a child. Of course, with our team, people talk about us even more and want to watch us.
“Nothing really changes. Like I said, it’s important to have players like the ones we have. They are all experienced and able to handle us. Of course, we are one of the best teams in the world. I’ll let journalists and fans oppose that.
With the possibility of seeing Messi next to Neymar and Kylian Mbappe for the first time in PSG colors, Pochettino suggested that Club Brugge would be the first opponents to see the surprise of Olympique Lyonnais in Ligue 1 this weekend.
“Maybe we’ll see them together sometime within 90 minutes,” said Argentina’s superstar trio. “It’s possible.” Although sporting director Leonardo told Canal + that PSG’s plan to extend Messi, Neymar and Mbappe’s contract over the course of the season, the Frenchman is yet to extend his contract by next summer and the Brazilian midfielder insists
“We never thought of doing it without Kylian,” Leonard explained. “We did not like Real’s behavior, and we never thought about it. The offer was insufficient and less than what we paid for. Kylian is the difference between something superficial and deep. You can’t argue without something as deep as that.
“I don’t see him leaving at the end of this season. We have never changed our goal. Kylian’s relationship with PSG is very deep. I don’t think anyone sees the future without him. I don’t see him leaving at the end of the season.
“Not only is he a Frenchman, but he is also one of the best players in the world. Everyone loves him. He’s a talented player. When you think of Messi, Neymar and Mbappe – that’s not just a one-year-old thing.” -Financial Fair Play and his recent claims that Real could pay for Erap Haaland’s Mbappe and Borussia Dortmund next summer, Leonard suggested that this was born out of the economic crisis of Spanish football.
“Tebas was not in line,” he added. “His comments seem to me to be more talked about in La Liga, less healthy, than anything else.”
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