Mauricio Pochettino said that PSG’s collapse against Barcelona in the Champions League in 2017 cannot be forgotten, but insisted that his current side are a new team as they prepare to face the Spanish side in the knockout stages of the competition once again.
Barcelona, Spain. 15th February 2021. #UCL #ChampionsLeague #PSG
2:10 SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Mauricio Pochettino, PSG head coach (on the history between the two clubs in the Champions League):
«The history is the history but the truth is we are a different group with different players. What happened in the past happened in the past and we can’t erase it. But we are building a better future and that’s the key. That’s always our intention from a group of players to have a group that constitutes of players and staff and of course for the fans and everyone at the club it is always to build something better than what has gone before and this is our objective.»
4:10 (on Kylian Mbappe with Neymar and Angel Di Maria ruled out through injury):
«I am very pleased with his performances in the approximately 40 days that we have been working together. Every player completes his function and role and it’s clear that the feelings that Neymar and Di Maria give are important for the team. But we have a group of players that are eager and excited to play in this match. So if Kylian plays tomorrow he will know his role and function for the collective and for the team to be in the best shape possible so that above all we can win the game which is the objective that we have.»
7:51 (on Barcelona under new head coach Ronald Koeman):
«It’s clear that Barcelona football club for seven or eight months with Ronald Koeman has been constantly evolving beyond the problems we have all had as clubs with things like covid and this is completely different to everything that happened before. It’s clear that with a new head coach at a new club that you need time and in Ronald’s case after seven or eight months of work the group is much more solid and I am not surprised that Barcelona is at this level at the moment.»
SOURCE: Paris Saint-Germain / PSG TV
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