Mauricio Pochettino, satisfied with the Parisians’ victory at the Vélodrome (2-0) on Sunday night, defended Neymar. The Argentine assures that the Brazilian number 10 was very ill.
Kylian Mbappé played on the left flank tonight. What did you think of his performance?
MAURICIO POCHETTINO: I’m happy with Kylian’s performance, but also with the team. It was a very solid performance. We came for the victory and the most important thing was to win because it is a special game.
You played with a low block tonight. Was it an instruction or was it the match that dictated this configuration to you?
We must have the possibility of mastering several systems of play. We scored quite quickly and then we controlled with blocks either higher up where we pressed, or lower. But we could have scored more goals, even though there were some referee decisions that I don’t want to talk about.
Neymar made a tonic entry after the hour mark. Was he really sick?
I answer you because I respect you. If the club communicates that he is sick, it is because he had vomited. We are transparent and honest. He didn’t start because he wasn’t 100%.
Are you worried after Di Maria’s injury and his exit from the field in the first half?
We have to wait for the exams on Monday morning. The staff think it will not be too serious, but we still have to wait to know the grade of the injury.
You led PSG during two clasicos. Do you rediscover the atmosphere of meetings when you were a Paris Saint-Germain player?
No, I can not find the atmosphere of the time. That football was beautiful before the Covid… The absence of an audience levels values. When you look at the rankings in several championships, some are upset, there are unexpected results. The players suffer, others take advantage of the supporters. And a club like Paris needs its supporters to sublimate itself.
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