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PSG made French football history last week after the draw against Lens, formalizing his 10th league title, allowing him to join the AXIS at the top. But never has a title been so contested by fans, after the new disappointment in the Champions League. Passing through Europe 1, Mauricio Pochettino is back on this particular season but also on other very hot topics such as his future.
On the title
“It is a great satisfaction. I am very happy and proud. It was a dream. I arrived here in 2001 as a player. We did not have the opportunity to win the championship. Today this dream happened. I am very happy to win a title with the team. Paris Saint-Germain, the tenth title is an excellent thing for the club. ”
On the PSG season
“The expectations were high. It is clear that Paris Saint-Germain’s main goal in recent years has been the Champions League, but the 10th title for a 50-year-old club should not be underestimated. Of history, 10 titles. I think. which puts us in a good position in France and it is true that it may seem like little for a club like PSG that always wants to win the Champions League. Sometimes it plays tricks on us. “
“I think we have to give value to this title because we have to cement the history of the club with the titles. I arrived last year, the team was third in the standings, with so many problems, with 12 injured players, COVID … we don’t have won the championship and it was a great frustration, which is why it should be valued, even if it is true that the disappointment of not winning the Champions League was great. “
On the value of the title
“It is a title that I will always love as a manager. I have been in teams like Espanyol Barcelona, Southampton and Tottenham where it is very difficult to win a championship … it is the first time that I have the possibility of a foul, with Paris Saint- Germain, and for me it is very special. It is a title won by the team, won by 30 players. The participation of all the players is fundamental. ”
On French football
“We are in the world champion country and sometimes, when it comes to the French league, we reduce it to a minimum when we have to give it a lot of credit. France is a breeding ground of incredible players. The national team achieves great results. There are great coaches like Didier Deschamps and many French players play all over the world. I think French football is underestimated. When you work here, you realize that it is aggressive, dynamic, very physical football. France is one of the main countries that feeds the major leagues. The league. French has a very high standard “.
About the rumors
“I am a calm person. I am a person who values the things that really deserve it. I am calm not only in football but also in everyday life. I understand that being at Paris Saint-Germain means being very exposed. many voices … I take it naturally and calmly. When I prepared to become a manager, hoping one day to coach a club like Paris Saint-Germain, all my experience as a player, the preparation I had and the experience gained in previous clubs helped me to see things calmly and to have a more precise vision of the reality of things, not to experience parallel realities that affect me negatively. ”
About his future
“I still have a year on my contract if that’s what you mean. My desire and my challenge to start a new season is intact, regardless of any rumors that may exist. Of course, there is also the management of the club who always does. the decisions. Which are always respectable. It is they who have to decide the new project and, logically, I, as a coach, will give my point of view and also participate by explaining the past, explaining the current situation and what the situation could be future “.
On the fans
“Of course it is not a pleasant thing to live. We played at the Parc des Princes where you are sad because your fans do not cheer for the team. It is something that strikes you” My children are Paris Saint fans “Germain and Espanyol because there the father played. My children have always dreamed of coming to the Parc des Princes. We have always talked about the atmosphere here and this situation saddens me, it hits me because I was a PSG player and now “” I am a manager of this club. I hope that it will be resolved. I think it is everyone’s wish. We must try to understand in order to achieve the goals we have set ourselves “.
On the PSG workforce
“I think things went well. There were no problems. Football needs time. Times are different from club to club. I think the team would gradually improve as it has in recent games. We need to contextualize and explain the circumstances. Let’s look back. When we played the champions trophy in Tel Aviv against Lille, half of the team was on vacation. We played with youngsters like Kalimuendo, who now plays for Lens, and other players who had trained for a day. or two like Danilo or Kimpembe … we lost. And during the press conference people ask me if I feel threatened as a manager. I think they take things out of context from the start. ”
On the difficulties encountered
“Then there were some international matches. The players leave and come back. We played every two or three days and on top of that comes the COVID, the injuries, the disqualifications. We had very little time for everything to fall into place and for us to realize a collective performance, which is the most difficult. It takes time for the individuals and for this to translate on the pitch into a collective game, it takes hours together and we don’t. “We didn’t have it. It wasn’t all that bad. There is a process where what was missing was time. Many people say Paris Saint-Germain doesn’t need us to give time. But you can give Liverpool time, you can give Manchester City or Chelsea time. It is important to understand that the context was not the most favorable for these players to be able to realize this collective union and be able to perform. This is not an excuse, but it is a reflection exercise that we need to do. Now we have to think about many other things that need to be fixed, that need to be done differently in the future. We know this very well and the club knows it very well. There are things that need to change in the near future. ”
On the criticism of Messi
“You can’t talk about Messi like that. It’s like when I talk about Maradona. I’m not talking about any player. Messi is on the same level as Diego Maradona. It is clear that Barcelona’s transfer to Paris Saint Germain was a change in which had to undergo an adaptation process, some circumstances did not allow him to feel as comfortable as in Barcelona where he had spent 20 years. talented enough to do what he has to do. He will do it. The next season will be completely different for him. It has been a year of learning, and not just professionally, coming to Paris Saint-Germain. in a new league and with new teammates. as a team, but also at a family level. It must be taken into account. It is a considerable upheaval that can affect a player “.
Mauricio Pochettino, the PSG manager is back on the various hot topics of the club from the capital. Failure in the Champions League, his future but also the difficulties encountered during his stay in Paris.