After its success against Bayern Munich (3-2) acquired in Germany, PSG resisted the onslaught of the defending champion Tuesday night at the Parc des Princes (0-1).
As after every big meeting, we offer you the tactical perspective of a coach.
Patrice Lair, historic French coach of the women's teams of Montpellier, OL or PSG, explains the keys put in place by Mauricio Pochettino's team.
What PSG corrected between the two matches
“They stayed in a smart pattern that brought a winning team and a block a little higher than the first leg.
All without Marquinhos and Verratti, who would have believed it?
Tactically, the performance was very united, which was not always the case with this PSG.
The collective exuded confidence.
As much as I have already seen and lived cleaver matches with fear but, Tuesday night, we did not feel any fear.
Even when they take this goal, so against the course of the game. The Parisians have deployed a team of very high level which knew how to make the efforts demanded by this high level.
The defensive role of Neymar, Mbappé and Di Maria
“Seeing Neymar, Di Maria or Mbappé defend, it allows you a collective replacement, to better recover the ball.
You bring additional strength and you feel a very tight-knit team.
It gives a real strength that we did not feel even when they reached the final last year.
You managed to turn a corner and contain a steamroller like Bayern, which never found the solution.
With Neymar, you get the ball out cleanly too.
And he transforms them into double contact in the middle of the race, it's fabulous.
Parisian supporters want to "go to the end"
The activity of the midfielders, Gueye and Danilo, or the full-backs, Diallo and Dagba
“Gueye, it's N'Golo Kanté for this match.
He is lively on the supports, he has a riot of mad energy.
Danilo was huge.
The two full-backs were also very strong.
They managed to block the Bayern attackers, who could not get inside.
It is also a matter of trust transmitted by the rest of the group.
The state of mind, the mind is important.
You knock down a lot of things with that, and tactically they're not dumber.
The real influence of Mauricio Pochettino
“I'm sure she's real.
Without denying the qualities of Thomas Tuchel, Mauricio Pochettino brought serenity and confidence.
He is calm too, does not panic after the defeats in the league.
The diagram in 4-2-3-1 is important because it allows you to have your bearings.
I'm sure he's capable of modifying this pattern but for now he's bringing those benchmarks.
You have a solid block that allows you to quickly get the ball out for Mbappé or Neymar, it's ideal.
Neymar can also step back, provide solutions.
They put the assets to enter the legend on this qualification.
It is a great victory.
We know how to criticize them in France but we must also recognize when they achieve something great ”.