Mauricio Pochettino on eliminating Real Madrid from the Champions League: “We have been closer than Chelsea or Manchester City”

The coach of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), the Argentine Mauricio Pochettino, assured last Friday that his team was the one that was “closest” to eliminating Real Madrid in the Champions League.

“We have been closer than Chelsea or Manchester City,” he assured at a press conference prior to Saturday’s league match against Montpellier.

However, he admitted that they have had “bad moments in certain periods” that have made it impossible for them to continue in the competition. “We’ve been close, but it’s gone,” she stressed.

Pochettino pointed out that the Champions League “is always the objective of recent years for the club”. However, the final on the 28th in Paris will be played between Real Madrid and Liverpool.

Champions of the French league without problems, PSG was removed from the Cup in a penalty shootout against Nice, in a match in which the Argentine coach recalled that many international players called up by their teams were missing.

Even so, he stressed that after the failure of the Champions League they did not sink and PSG “ended up winning the league in a very worthy way.”

Next Sunday the annual awards ceremony of the association of French professional footballers (UNFP) will take place with the attendance of Kylian Mbappé and Pochettino refused to speculate on whether the player could then make any announcement about his future.

“That is a question for Kylian”, he indicated, although he hoped that, if there is something, “it will be some positive communication for Paris Saint-Germain”.

Asked about some statements by the Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, published today in the French press and in which he asks the club for “decisions” so that there are no rotations in the goal with the Costa Rican Keylor Navas, the coach replied: “I don’t know what Gigio said.

“In any case, the club will make the decision it deems appropriate,” he said.

The French press continues to publish information that PSG would be looking for a new coach after the failure of the Champions League, although for this they would have to compensate Pochettino and his team with between 10 and 15 million euros in case of dismissal.

Pochettino tried to dispel such speculation by pointing out that he is still the club’s manager. “I am the coach, I am part of the club, and I am involved in the decision-making process,” he stressed.

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