Mauricio Pochettino wants to be optimistic before the shock to Barcelona in the round of 16 first leg of the Champions League. He told the site of the UEFA, organizer of the competition, in an interview disclosed this Sunday. “We obviously need to have an organization and clear ideas on how we want to attack and stop Barcelona,” explains the Argentine. But we still have faith in our players to do the best they can and get a positive result. “
He shows himself, in passing, praising his opponent, whom he considers armed to go far in the competition. “I followed the evolution of Barça, first from my home in London, when Ronald ( NDLR: Koeman ) took control. It is clear that they have moved on to another stage, a new chapter, ”details the PSG coach, finalist of the event in 2019 with Tottenham.
“Barcelona are a team built to win”
He continues: “As soon as Ronald arrived, he started working to get the best out of his team. After 7 months, he put his ideas into practice and the team is what he wanted. I see a strong team, with clear ideas and incredible players. They are competitive, it’s a team built to win. Their mentality is built on victory, like all great teams, like PSG. “
Finally, Pochettino turns into a philosopher after contracting the Covid-19 which prevented him from going to Angers on January 16, for the victory of his family (1-0). “During the week I was locked up at home, I took time to think. Even though we haven’t had a good time, my experience of this crisis forces me to become a better person, to think more about others, about those around me, about how to be more responsible while enjoying what we do. let’s think about the future because we have to leave a better world for our children and grandchildren. I do not believe in this simplistic idea which says to live today forgetting tomorrow, I am more to think: Live today thinking that there will be a tomorrow that our children will have to live. “