Mauricio Pochettino is a happy coach with four victories in four days of Ligue 1. This Sunday, his team won in Reims (0-2) thanks to a double from Kylian Mbappé for the first of Leo Messi, who entered during the match . The coach takes stock of this perfect evening in his eyes.
How do you analyze this victory in Reims?
MAURICIO POCHETTINO. It’s an important victory, without conceding a goal. This is one of the goals. It was difficult anyway because we have a lot of players with different states of form. Some were making their entrance. We are at 12 points (Editor’s note: after 4 games) and we refueled before the international break.
How do you judge the first Leo Messi?
I saw him very well from his first touches of the ball. He brings serenity to the team. It’s always important to win for his debut, I saw him well and well integrated. He didn’t play straight away, it’s a matter of common sense.
Were you surprised by the reception from the public?
It is very beautiful to see and to hear. Not only the reception of our supporters but also those of Reims. Messi won that.
Does he have an impact on the rest of the team?
The motivation for the competition is still there but it’s Messi. It can radiate, bring optimism, additional energy and that has influence.
Was this Kylian Mbappé’s last match at PSG?
Our president and our sporting director have already spoken on the subject and I have nothing to add.
Are you surprised by its full involvement?