Mauricio Pochettino has not had an easy start to life at Paris in Ligue 1. However, the Argentine has made giant strides with Paris in the Champions League as Paris have notched up wins over Barcelona and Bayern Munich this time.
Goals from Kylian Mbappe and Marquinhos handed PSG a one goal cushion in the first-leg of the quarter finals of the Champions league. The manager heaped praises on his star studded squad after they managed to come out of the Allianz Arena with a win.
Paris owner Nasser Al Khelaifi was also proud of the players’ and the manager’s performance
Mauricio Pochettino praised his players’ “sacrifice” to stun Bayern Munich but said they must perform better than their second-leg showing against Barcelona to progress to the Champions League semi-finals.
“I am happy with the result, with the attitude of the team which found itself in difficult situations against the best team in Europe,” Pochettino told RMC Sport. “We must congratulate the players for their sense of sacrifice. We are trying to repeat this kind of performance.
“When you win, it’s always easier to explain your decisions, everyone thinks you made the right choices. The credit goes to the players, they are the main protagonists, it is their quality that must be highlighted.“
“There were a lot of sacrifices tonight, but we still have one game, 90 minutes to play. The first leg is favourable but the return will be difficult as we know.“
“It’s a totally different result from the first leg against Barca, the advantage there is as small as possible. We hope that our performance in the return will be better than against Barcelona, that’s our desire.”
Despite their win, Paris need to stay grounded as Bayern Munich have lots of experienced heads in their arsenal to mount a come-back and win the quarter-finals.