PSG ‘Deserved Better’, Says Disappointed Pochettino

Paris Saint-Germain’s Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino gives his instructions during the UEFA Champions League first-leg semi-final football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Manchester City at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on April 28, 2021.
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Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino said his team “deserved better” after losing 4-1 on aggregate to Manchester City in the Champions League semi-finals following a 2-0 defeat in Tuesday’s second leg.

Riyad Mahrez’s double at the Etihad Stadium denied the French champions a second straight final appearance, as PSG struggled to break down the City defence without the injured Kylian Mbappe.

“I think that if you analyse the two games, we dominated a team that is very difficult to dominate, but you need this percentage of luck sometimes to score in the key moments,” Pochettino told French broadcaster RMC Sport.

“I’m proud. I congratulated Manchester City but I feel disappointed because I think we deserved more, but they were more clinical than us, they were able to score the goals they needed.

“We played the match with the plan we wanted.”

PSG defeated Barcelona and holders Bayern Munich to reach this season’s last four but paid for their indiscipline and subdued attacking display, ending both games against City with 10 men and failing to register a shot on target in Manchester.

Pochettino, appointed to replace Thomas Tuchel in January, was keen to draw on the positives though with PSG still competing for the Ligue 1 title and French Cup.

“I think we need to be positive. To get here and beat Barcelona and Bayern, it’s a shame not to get to the final but the team will never give up, we fight,” he said.

“We played 10 against 11 both home and away, for 35-40 minutes, it’s a huge disadvantage. Today wasn’t for us.”

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Kane Can Be Tottenham’s Totti – Pochettino

Tottenham Hotspur’s English striker Harry Kane (R) controls the ball during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Bournemouth at Wembley Stadium in London, on October 14, 2017. Adrian DENNIS / AFP

 

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino hopes the emotional images of Francisco Totti’s farewell after a 24-year career at Roma could inspire the on-fire Harry Kane to remain a one-club man.

Ahead of Spurs’ trip to face Real Madrid on Tuesday, Kane has been linked with a move to the European champions thanks to his stunning form in 2017, scoring as many goals (43) in fewer appearances this calendar year for club and country as Real’s Cristiano Ronaldo.

“He got very emotional watching Totti’s goodbye at Roma and that also generated a special motivation for a player that identifies with the colours of Tottenham, our club and our fans,” said Pochettino.

“The most important thing is that he is happy at Tottenham and who knows where we will be tomorrow.

“We have to enjoy the present. He is a boy who has come through the academy and feels great affinity with the club.

“For me, he is a player that gets excited by scoring goals for Tottenham.”

Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane refused to quash speculation as he also described Kane, who is the top scorer in this season’s Champions League with five goals in two games, as a “complete player”.

Real have made a habit of poaching rising stars from Spurs after taking Luka Modric and Gareth Bale to the Bernabeu in recent years.

“I don’t know what will be of Kane’s future, but I can talk about the here and now,” Zidane said on Monday.

“He’s a fundamental player for Spurs. He’s very good at everything, but what he does is score goals.

“He’s not a static player, he always finds space and is quick. He’s a complete player.”

15-year contract

Pochettino’s burgeoning reputation has also seen rumoured as a potential future Real boss.

However, the Argentine said he would happily take up Spurs’ chairman Daniel Levy’s wish for Pochettino to remain for another 15 years.

“I would love nothing more than Mauricio still to be our manager in 10 to 15 years’ time,” Levy said in a book on Pochettino being serialised in the Daily Mail.

“To really build success you need time, longevity. It’s easy to go and become a manager at Real Madrid, for instance.”

A former player and coach at Espanyol, Pochettino insisted he could never coach their cross-city rivals Barcelona, but left the door open to a possible call to take over at the Bernabeu.

“I always try to be honest and I couldn’t coach Barcelona. I am very happy at Tottenham and if the chairman wants me for 15 years I am willing to sign the contract,” added Pochettino.

“It’s up to him (Levy). Always it is up to the chairman or owner. I am so happy for my time in Tottenham, it is a club with big potential.

“We are waiting for the new stadium, new facilities and it will take time to develop, to build a very competitive team and win trophies.

“I am very happy Daniel is so kind to me, telling everyone what his plans for me are.”

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Pochetinno Says Harry Kane To Miss Bayer Leverkusen Clash

Harry Kane, Tottenham, Mauricio Pochetinno, Bayer LevekusenTottenham Hotspur Manager, Mauricio Pochetinno, has confirmed that Harry Kane is back in training but will not feature in Wednesday night’s Champions League match against Bayer Levekusen.

Although Pochetinno admits it would be a tough clash, he insists he wants all three points against the Germans.

Tottenham have won only once in six matches since Wembley was redeveloped with their most recent disappointment coming in September’s 2-1 defeat to Monaco.

They are using the stadium for Champions League ties this season because of a reduced capacity at the White Hart Lane as work continues in a new 60,000-seater ground.

On the other hand, Bayer Leverkusen are happy to play Tottenham at the Wembley stadium in London.

Leverkusen forward Javier Hernandez says he cannot wait to play against the English side.

Both sides know a win tonight could move them top of Group E.

French side, Monaco, who are currently ahead of Spurs by a single point, have a tricky fixture against CSKA Moscow in the group’s other match.