The perfect evening. A victory, the first Parisian goal of Leo Messi, and the first place of the group with the surprising formation of Bruges. Something to satisfy Mauricio Pochettino, who came to analyze this success after the fact at a press conference.
Did you find the balance against Manchester City?
MAURICIO POCHETTINO. I am happy. When victory comes, we highlight the positive points. The team was able to master the phases of the game where it was under pressure. We were dominated at times and we knew how to suffer, to work together. In the offensive phase, we scored two goals and, in the end, it was a very important victory in the pool.
Is this the victory of a collective?
In sport, victories are collective even if the individualities also decide a match. The team knew how to face it and obtain the victory.
How do you judge the incredible performance of Marco Verratti?
Marco, Gana (Gueye) and Ander (Herrera) have done a phenomenal job in balance. The offensive players can then make the difference to score goals and the defenders know how to preserve the goal, not to mention the goalkeeper, they are all in a decisive area of the field. Marco had a very good game. I am very satisfied with him.
Did you feel any particular emotion at Leo Messi’s first goal with PSG?
I celebrated Leo’s goal. Usually I keep my emotions inside. But, there, I could only celebrate it, I spent years watching him score goals from the sidewalk opposite but, there, I had to celebrate him by being on the safe side.
Does this success allow you to work more calmly?
Victory gives more leeway to work. The atmosphere and the spirit are more pleasant to work after a victory.