Often feverishly on the move, Mauricio Pochettino’s players are aiming to win their ticket to the C1 quarter-finals in Madrid next Wednesday (9pm).
Two rooms, two atmospheres. After last season’s open house, PSG once again became sovereign in their lair at the Parc des Princes. Except that in 2021-22 it is outside that Mauricio Pochettino’s players find it difficult to express themselves. At least more damage. Logic you will tell me, all teams are almost more comfortable in front of their audience. †There are plenty of big teams that are better at home than away, not just PSG“, the Argentine coach confirmed before the defeat in Nice on Saturday (1-0), during the 27th match day of Ligue 1. And to add: “There is no single factor that can help explain it. We try to play the same way in the Parc des Princes or out. There may be more or less efficiency with us or the adversary. The fans are a factor, they create an atmosphere that gives us something extra.“Something that is visibly missing from Paris-SG players.
Still, it is very sensitive for Paris, which has admitted its five defeats outside the Park this season and has not had the slightest success in C1 outdoors, with a draw in Bruges (1-1) and Leipzig (2-2). who are hardly European leaders, and lose to City (2-1). In L1, the Parisians, almost perfect at home (12 wins, 1 draw), are only third behind OM and Nice (7 wins, 4 draws, 3 losses). Last but not least, they only finished two games without conceding a goal from their bases in L1, in Marseille and Reims. There were also Coupe de France matches against lower division clubs, Feignies-Aulnoye and Vannes.
A test for “MNM”
Worrying? Answer this Wednesday, at the end of this long-awaited shock. Although, it may be the numbers associated with the “MNM” that are worrisome: Paris admitted three of its five defeats when the trio started. In fact, PSG only won 50% of their matches with the “MNM”, with 1.6 goals and 1.2 against, against 71% success, 2.2 goals and 0.8 against, without her. Uplifting.
So many elements likely to cast doubt in the Parisian ranks, or at least around the club. Especially after seeing Les Rouge et Bleu lose twice in their three games since beating Real in the first leg (1-0). A climate that Mauricio Pochettino does not like”,I’m just answering you out of respect.‘, he beeped at a news conference on Tuesday after being asked about the premature shutdown hypothesis in C1. †We always doubt, we always talk about the negative‘ he also lamented. Nervous about this decisive game? Perhaps. There would be something!
Yet it is indeed France’s vice-champions who approach this encounter with a one-goal advantage. Not dearly paid for Real given the Parisian domination on the way. Especially with the end of the away goals rule. Still an advantage. †We respect Real who have great players, it’s a club that has won the C1 13 times and it’s not a coincidence, it’s something they have in their hearts. But we are not afraid, we will try to play our game despite the external context. We need to be serious, focused, demanding, we are ready for thatSaid the Argentinian technician, repeatedly insisting on his intention to make the game, to have the ball.
Solid and united Paris in Madrid?
†We have an advantage thanks to the score of the first leg, but we have to think about winning, play even bettersaid Neymar Jr.,Physically and mentally 100% ready†We attack and defend together. We’ll have to play as a team, that’s what will help us win the C1‘ the Brazilian continued. Jugs? However, this is not the impression that Paris most often gives, with a team being cut in half… “We’ll see if you have the same opinion at the end of the meeting.‘ the ex-Barcelona challenged, sure of his fact.
One thing is certain: with Kylian Mbappé on the Paris side, fear has every reason to be in the opposite camp. And despite a warning on Monday in training, Bondy’s crack has every chance of being part of the holders at kick-off on Wednesday. With the “best player in the worldAccording to Leonardo, Paris Saint-Germain can aim far and hope to travel first, even on Real’s inhospitable grounds and in this stadium that will welcome 60,000 people on Wednesday, including 1,800 Paris supporters.