“When you lose, there is always someone responsible. Tonight you have it in front of you. I take full responsibility! Mauricio Pochettino is not a man to hide. His exit on Sunday evening at a press conference after the setback to Monaco (0-2), was undoubtedly a little intended to protect his troops. But also clearly to assume his responsibilities in the surprising bankruptcy of his team at the Parc des Princes during this 26th day of Ligue 1.
Five days after the demonstration in the first leg of the Champions League in Barcelona (1-4), the PSG players have certainly not helped their coach by forgetting their involvement and their fundamentals in the spans of Camp Nou. But if they were unrecognizable, the fault also lies partly with the Argentinian. He who knew how to decomplex his troops before the trip to Spain did not wake them up this time despite his orders “not to relax” the day before the match.
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Since taking over from Thomas Tuchel in early January, Mauricio Pochettino has lost twice with PSG. Beyond the general apathy, the first setback conceded in Lorient (3-2) on January 31 has another point in common with that of Sunday evening: the absence at the kick-off of Marco Verratti. Tested positive for Covid in January, the Italian was unable to be aligned with the Merlus. In a formation that could then count on Neymar and Di Maria, his absence had already proved to be detrimental. How could it be otherwise against Monaco when the two South Americans, injured, were this time in the stands? Mauricio Pochettino has, to his credit, the brilliant idea of having been able to put Verratti back at the heart of the game. On the other hand, he seems to have lacked the inspiration to find a replacement for him this weekend.
Herrera, the overly defensive option?
His number 6 “not being able to play the 90 minutes (Editor’s note: because of a thigh discomfort), the coach decided to “protect him” by making him start on the bench. A choice that does not lend itself to discussion. Less, in any case, than the identity of his replacement. While the options Julian Draxler, scorer in front of Nice and author of an assist at Camp Nou, or Rafinha, the use of which questions, even worries (55 minutes of play in 2021), appeared more ambitious, Pochettino preferred a more defensive with Ander Herrera. First to the left of a Leandro Paredes positioned in low point, then to the right after having swapped with Idrissa Gueye, the Spaniard, like his two friends in the middle, had no weight in the animation.
Failing to see him react quickly to find the solution to “break” the isolation of Icardi and Mbappé and stabilize a faltering defensive base, it was not until the entry into play of Rafinha and Verratti (55th) for Paris takes on a little more consistency. A wise choice on the part of Pochettino but undoubtedly a little late to hope to turn the tide.
Very quickly led to the score following the head of Sofiane Diop (6th), Paris was already unable to crack the Monegasque defensive block with a goal behind. With the rolled up of the right of Maripan (51st), the mission became almost impossible for entrants therefore faced with a 4-5-1 who had only to plug the very rare breaches. “Today, we were not up to the level to win. All, not just Kylian (Mbappé), dropped Pochettino as if to include himself in bankruptcy when he was questioned on Sunday about the double face of his striker. The first person in charge is the coach and I assume. “
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