On the eve of the trip to Brest for the round of 16 of the Coupe de France (9:10 p.m.), Mauricio Pochettino was at a press conference this Friday in distancing.
The PSG coach recovers Kylian Mbappé, suspended in Bordeaux, and records the return of injury from Marco Verratti and Angel Di Maria.
He gives encouraging news from the Brazilian star
How do you explain that PSG love the Coupe de France so much?
It's an important Cup.
Everyone loves to participate.
There are all the French teams at the start.
It's always a pleasure to play it.
Against Brest, will you establish Sergio Rico or Keylor Navas?
I haven't decided on the team yet.
Will Neymar be available against Barcelona?
He is not in the group for Brest.
We are very happy with its evolution.
We will see in the coming days if he can join the group for Barcelona.
Are you going to think about Barcelona when you are putting together your eleven against Brest?
We must give value to the Coupe de France.
It will be difficult.
Brest will complicate the task for us.
The focus is only on tomorrow's game.
Do you think Kylian Mbappé will leave PSG?
We have had a natural relationship with him for two months.
A very good relationship.
Without a doubt, the club and I want him to stay.
We rely on him a lot.
We hope that he will be able to stay at PSG for several years.
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Do you have any concerns for the South American internationals affected by the next international truce?
It is a difficult subject to broach.
This is a question that concerns the federations of each selection, the governments of each country and Fifa.
Balance is hard to find.
There is work between each entity to find the best solution, the most equitable for each club.
In this pandemic, the timing is decisive.
We must protect the players and find a way to have fair competitions.
It should also be noted that with the exception of the moment when the football stopped, the players were exposed.
Institutions must protect them, not just the players.
The staff too, who are in touch with the outside world and who take risks.
This is why between governments, federations, the best decisions must be taken to protect clubs and players.
We know the complexity of these decisions and we are available to help them.