Mauricio Pochettino has been absent for a week due to Covid-19, and rarely has a coach focused so much attention.
Except for Kylian Mbappé and his recurring ineffectiveness, the questions linked to PSG revolve, for many, around the Argentine coach.
As Stéphane Moulin, Angers coach, slipped it last Saturday, Paris “lost its pilot” and this situation is intriguing.
However, we can not totally exclude that the new manager of the champions of France sits on the bench Friday evening for the reception of Montpellier at the Parc des Princes.
Tested positive on Friday January 15, Pochettino can theoretically coach PSG.
For that, it will be necessary that the technician who will have observed seven full days of isolation, has no more fever for two days and be completely healed.
Lots of “ifs” therefore, but the Argentinian still cloistered in his hotel in western Paris, nonetheless remains in direct contact with Neymar and company.
"He is the leader of the team, he who commands"
“Despite the sanitary rules, Mauricio was able to supervise things thanks to the cameras positioned around the fields and to follow all the training sessions live, explains his assistant Jesus Perez, his main relay in the field.
It is true that the week has been strange, it was strange for us not to have Mauricio by our side.
We try to make sure that everything is as normal as possible in training.
But everyone misses Mauricio's aura.
Its impact during matches is significant.
It is the leader of the team, who is in charge, who decides on strategy and changes.
If the Parisian coach were once again to be worn pale against Montpellier, he would nonetheless remain connected in real time with his assistants, as was the case against Angers where the Argentine orchestrated everything from A to Z. Once again he should also address his players by videoconference, before the meeting, to give them the final instructions and communicate the composition of the team which will include most of the executives including Presnel Kimpembe.
The French international will probably make his return as a holder a month after his hamstring injury against Lille (0-0), on December 20.
The Parisian coach measures the importance of the sequence that opens, with six games to play before the trip to FC Barcelona, on February 16, in the round of 16 first leg of the Champions League.
A three-week sequence in which a typical team, strong in the principles and values of the always absent Pochettino, must be born.