U-ball live: Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino real Madrid has no favourites

2022-05-08 0 By

U-ball live: Mauricio Pochettino, PSG manager, gives his thoughts on his team’s match against Real Madrid tonight (Feb 15).Paris Saint-Germain will face Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Uefa Champions League.Asked if his side were tie favourites, Pochettino said: “I don’t think there is more pressure from one side than the other.We respect that Madrid is one of the biggest teams in the world.Madrid speak for themselves in the Champions League, it’s not about the players or the coach, it’s about the quality of the club.He added: “No favourites, it was a draw that could have been a Champions League final.PSG have waited more than 50 years to win this title, so we are contenders.Those who have the habit of winning the Champions League are ahead.”Pochettino also stressed they must believe in themselves if they want to beat Real Madrid.Asked about his message to his players before the match, the Argentine said: “Think clearly and don’t regress.We have to make sure we’re on the right competitive path.We have to make sure we have the talent.”In addition to both teams having outstanding players, Mbappe’s role will be crucial in this match.The French striker has been a talisman for PSG this season, scoring 21 goals and 16 assists in 31 games.Given the possibility of moving to the Bernabeu next season, he will be desperate to succeed at the club.Real Madrid are long-time admirers of the striker and are favourites to sign him on a free transfer this summer.They signed him last summer for a whopping 160 million euros.However, PSG declined as they hoped to extend his stay in France by then.However, with less than six months left on his contract, Mbappe’s future is now worth watching by the Ligue 1 giants.