- Pochettino’s team, defeated in Nice, is in the league because all their thoughts are on the Champions League match against Real Madrid
Too bad it weighs Pochettino, his players ignored him. The Argentine coach argued that to arrive in Madrid in the best conditions a good game against Nice was needed and yesterday the opposite happened. Paris Saint-Germain “PSG” withered until suffering a defeat that confirms their reluctance in France. With the league almost in the bag, waiting for the mathematics to confirm it, the Parisian team only loses sleep over the Champions League.
Mbappé conditions any plan. Without the Frenchman, PSG is a limited team and without a spark: “There is a version with Kylian and another without him,” Galtier acknowledged yesterday, the coach of a Nice team that has taken the measure of Pochettino. He has not lost any of the three games he has played against PSG this season nor has he conceded a single goal. Neither Messi nor Neymar rebelled against the unfavorable context on a night in which leadership was demanded and in which it became clear who is the best PSG footballer and why they are trying to retain him at any price.
Critical as usual throughout the season, the newspaper L’Équipe suspended the Argentine and the Brazilian this morning due to the lack of resources to win against Nice. PSG appeared in the south of France with many changes compared to the eleven that will be seen on Wednesday at the Santiago Bernabéu, with players like Keylor Navas, Dagba, Kehrer, Juan Bernat or Wijnaldum, who are not expected for the Champions League.
PSG has the handicap of playing in an undervalued league in which successes are not counted but discounted. Winning Ligue 1 is nothing more than an obligation for the Parisian club, which was already surprised last year by Lille, then coached by Galtier. You see a boring and gentrified PSG in France, aware that its reason for being has to do with the Champions League. The dream of him. The illusion of him. And, at the same time, his obsession for ten years. On Wednesday, life is at stake in Madrid.