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PSG: life without Mauricio Pochettino


Tested positive for the coronavirus, the Argentinian coach has managed his team from a distance for the past week.

There is always something going on at Paris Saint-Germain ... While the infirmary is seriously empty and the capital club had, and this is a small event, a full week to work, Mauricio Pochettino was tested positive for Covid-19.

We learned about it last Friday, on the eve of the trip to Angers.

Obviously, that did not prevent the Parisians from winning (1-0 victory).

“We were in contact, said his deputy, Jesus Perez, after the meeting.

He was also in contact with the players by video before the game.

We too had it before the match and then at half-time.

We also talked about training for the coming week.

We prepared everything with Mauricio. ”

"It was complicated for everyone without the coach"

Jesus perez

However, it is not because everything has been thought out beforehand that the Argentinian technician was not attentive to what happened at Camp des Loges.

Out of sight out of mind ?

Not here.

“It was complicated for everyone without the coach.

Of course, we worked under his supervision all week, he was able to follow the working sessions live thanks to the cameras of the Camp des Loges, indicates Perez, again of chore of press conference Thursday, the day before the reception. of Montpellier (9 p.m., live commentary), at the opening of the 21st day of Ligue 1. We must congratulate the professionalism of the players and the technical staff who made it possible for the training to take place in the best possible way. "



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Workouts that we know are intense.

It is one of the hallmarks of Pochettino ... "The intensity of training has clearly increased compared to what we did before", confirms Leandro Paredes, at a press conference.

Note that it is easier to put intensity into training when you have an almost complete group… Thomas Tuchel was not so lucky at the start of the season, with a dime a dozen packages.

And the Argentinian international community added: “There have been a lot of changes, new ideas being proposed.

It's difficult when it happens halfway through the season, but you quickly assimilate the ideas of the coach and try to progress, to learn what he is trying to pass on to us.

Each coach has their own idea of ​​the game. When there is a change like that, the energy and mindset of the team also changes.

We try to be good as a group, as a team.

This is the most important and it is what will lead us to improve. ”

This is indeed what everyone expects, at PSG and outside: to see a team that plays as a team consistently.

Perez and Pochettino, it goes way back

In the meantime, these few days without a match have necessarily done good for the Parisians.

And not only to Kylian Mbappé, in the hard at the moment.

“It's been a very good week for us, Judge Jesus Perez, who has been working with Mauricio Pochettino since the end of 2010 at Espanyol Barcelona.

We are coming out of a very intense series with four matches in 13 days after the break.

A new technical staff has arrived.

We made sure that the players who played the most could recover.

We recovered from the injured (only Herrera, Dagba and Bernat are unavailable for this match, note).

And for those who have not played as much as the others, we have laid the foundations for the future.

We are very happy with the way the week went.

We still have a long week ahead of us before the next match so we can continue to improve. ”



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Recall that Pochettino's close guard is made up of his son Sebastiano Pochettino, Miguel D'Agostino, Toni Jimenez and therefore Perez.

A group on which the former PSG captain relies with his eyes closed.

Moreover, he rarely says "I", preferring a "we" which refers to all his staff.

“It's a situation that nobody wants to go through but he has a strong and positive personality, so he contributes from his hotel to make sure everything goes well in training.

We are in constant communication ”, explains the Spaniard Perez.

And to continue: “It's a strange feeling not to have him with us this whole week… He's our leader.

But we're a team and we're working hard to make sure everything goes according to plan.

It's one thing to prepare for a match or to work on physical condition, but the analysis of the coach is what dictates our interpretation and the changes we make to win matches. ”   

"We hope that Pochettino can be with us against Montpellier"

Leo paredes

In this case, it is therefore a match against the MHSC that we will have to try to win.

A Hérault club in the hard at the moment - six games in a row without a win, including four defeats - and which will have to compose without one of its best players, if not the best, Andy Delort (ischios).

“It's an important game, promises Paredes.

We have to do even better to stay first. ”

Taking advantage of the Lyon misstep against Metz (0-1), the Parisians have indeed taken back control in the standings after the 20th round.

It remains to be seen whether Pochettino will attend this match via interposed screens or on his bench at the Parc des Princes.

“We had the coach by phone, we couldn't see him even though we know he feels much better.

We hope he can be with us, ”says Paredes.


At worst, the Argentine would return next week to Lorient. 

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Source: lefigaro

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