Mauricio Pochettino and Marco Verratti were at a pre-match press conference at Manchester City.
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On the eve of the Champions League semi-final second leg in Manchester City on Tuesday, May 4, PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino and midfielder Marco Verratti were relaxed and serene. They are ready to do battle, with or without Kylian Mbappé.
Kylian Mbappé, decision Tuesday
Apart from Juan Bernat in convalescence and Idrissa Gueye suspended (but from the trip to England), it is a full Parisian group that moves to Manchester. But there is always a shadow on the board and on the calf of Kylian Mbappé. Victim of a contusion in the first leg, the Parisian striker had missed the reception of Lens on Saturday. Present at training tonight, Mbappé will first have the right to an individual session before possibly participating in the collective set-up. The final decision on whether to participate in the match will be taken tomorrow. “We’re still waiting for Kylian. We will see tomorrow if he is fit ”, said Mauricio Pochettino.
A “clinical” and possessive PSG
Once the Mbappé case had been evaded, Dr Pochettino did not let go of the doctor’s gown, however. Laid-back, smiling, the PSG coach has done calinotherapy with his team that he wants “Clinic” facing City. “We are relaxed. We were able to beat Barcelona and Bayern in two sets, recalls Pochettino who believes that his team will have its ” luck “. On the condition of depriving the Skyblues of the ball as Paris had been able to do during its first period in the first leg. “This is our intention. It will be a big challenge. City have been playing with the same philosophy for five years. This team was built to play that way. We try to keep the ball but remaining balanced between the offensive and defensive phases. In any case, tomorrow, we are ready to suffer. ”
The game before the stake
“A great match to play. “ Marco Verratti placed the cursor of this match on the notion of pleasure. Play your game to overcome the stake. “We will give everything and we have nothing to take, assures the Italian. We have to be happy and think about playing football with our qualities and our character. “ One way to play down the pre-game to arrive free on the pitch. With trembling knees on their return to Barcelona and Bayern, PSG lacked serenity despite their favorable position and did not go far from the trap. Tuesday, the deal will be different with the 2-1 defeat at the Parc des Princes. “Tomorrow night, there will be emotions because the result of the first leg is already having an impact on our way of playing, recognizes Pochettino. We will have to take some risks, be courageous, aggressive, knowing that City can handle any situation with a lot of quality. “ More than “Praying”, Verratti wants to respond to the Mancunian challenge by the love of suffering. A necessarily collective work. “But we’re ready for that”, ensures the Parisian environment.