However, PSG criticized him for his laconicism. But now freed from his obligations as coach of the Reds and Blues, Mauricio Pochettino has regained his taste for speech. The Argentine coach gave a long interview to the Argentine media Infobaefrom Barcelona where he lives while waiting to find a bank.
He first returned to the circumstances of his departure from the club, which ended later, the day of continuing training for the Parisians and his successor Christophe Galtier. “I am calm, I accept the conditions we have to live in. Everything has ended late, and it is obviously difficult at the moment because all the projects are closed. I will adapt to new conditions and I will always be in think about the development and above all analyze everything that happened in the last 18 months at Paris Saint-Germain and, as we always say, the experience must be used to improve. »
The elimination of Madrid and ‘the factors beyond control’
“I think it is very positive, he assured, because of his 18 months in Paris. In terms of sports, we have won the Cup, Supercup and Championship in one and a half years, but it is clear that the PSG project is winning the Champions League and not winning it will always be considered a failure. . In any case, it is a failure of fifty years, not only the last season, because PSG, especially last ten, eleven years, when the new owners came, there was an objective to win the League Champions and I think it will be achieved because the resources are there. But sometimes in football there are reasons out of control.”
With these “uncontrollable” factors, Mauricio Pochettino clearly returned to the removal of PSG against Real Madrid and this last 30 minutes of no time at the Bernabéu. “I think Benzema’s foul on Donnarumma exists and if it is analyzed by VAR, now we will talk about Madrid’s dismissal. But it is a factor that gives Real Madrid a lot of faith, a different strength on their pitch, but that football and it should not be analyzed beyond football. »
Messi is the best, Mbappé his successor?
He especially raised the idea that has been rumored in recent days, which will include a psychologist or a psychological cell in the staff of the first team. “In this case, we have to put a psychologist in Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and so, when we go back to the last European cups, we have to put a psychologist in all the teams that play against Real Madrid, he. he said. It’s a game where mostly the luck factor and obviously the emotional factor has an influence, but I don’t think it’s an obvious or detectable problem that you need to call a specialist in the section, say, psychological work in it.”
Among the many topics he raised, he also talked about Kylian Mbappé, believing that “PSG did everything to keep Kylian and I also agree with that, but I don’t think Kylian is the one either. designed the bag project. In the Frenchman, he still believes that “Leo Messi is the best in the world. No doubt. After that, it is clear that Mbappé is a candidate to receive this crown. “He also came back to the” Flea “, a “surprise” for him: “It was a little unexpected. I thought it would be difficult for me to go to Barcelona and I thought he would end his career there, so there are some coaches who have the chance to manage him. So that was a nice surprise. »
He who played at PSG, was the captain and finally the coach finally felt that “in himself, the essence of the club is still there”. “The fans, what Paris is, what these colors mean, this jersey, for me is one of the most beautiful there is. I remember twenty years ago we had Ronaldinho, Anelka, Okocha .. . There are always good players. The only thing that has changed now is the expectation, that is the Champions League, the Champions League and the Champions League.”