PSG want to be crowned in Europe after falling in the final in Lisbon last year. Before he has to pass the exam against City. And in the run-up to the first shock Pochettino took the opportunity to demystify the thesis that Neymar Y Mbappe They are superb characters: “Since we arrived they have been willing to listen and learn. They are humble, they accept instructions in a good way. They like to work because they love football ”, he explains.
The Argentine assures in an interview in the Daily Mail tabloid that “both are among the five best players in the world. They ask about England, about the game, the mentality regarding Spain or Argentina. They have many concerns. It is fortunate to meet these types of talents ”. Knows Pochettino that the Brazilian and the French must be happy for this final stretch of the season, two references of a club that goes out of its way to tie their long-term contracts.
The coach’s relationship with his two stars seems natural, simple. Pochettino recalls one of the anecdotes he had with Mbappe Before playing against Barça in the Champions League: “Have you played at the Camp Nou?” I asked him. He answered no. I told him that I won once with Espanyol and he replied that that was going to be the second. After the game he came smiling to remind me ”. What Neymar, wants to justify his bet to have stayed in Paris.
PSG need a continental victory in the same way as City: “The Champions love us. Every time we play people want to see us. Against Barça and Bayern we got the spotlight because both were fantastic knockouts ”, underlines a Pochettino which arrived in January to give the club a boost in Europe. Again he is only two steps away from a final that for now he resists Al Khelaifi. For Neymar Y Mbappe their hopes pass.