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PSG: “The rumors? It shows that you are doing a good job ”, answers Mauricio Pochettino.


The Parisian coach returned once again this Saturday to the rumors that had sent him to Manchester United, while his future on the

Three days after the defeat to Manchester City (2-1) in the Champions League, Mauricio Pochettino was at a press conference this Saturday afternoon, at the Loges camp.

On the ground of Saint-Etienne this Sunday at 1 pm, in Ligue 1, his team will try to find the taste of victory with, perhaps, the first minutes under the jersey of the PSG of Sergio Ramos.

For the first time, Sergio Ramos experienced a full match with the squad on Wednesday in Manchester.

What role has he played off the field and what does his presence change in group life?


He was good, he had a very positive attitude, we all know he's a great champion.

He always tried to help the team.

We know Sergio, he has a great deal of experience, knowledge and know-how that he will bring and that he is already bringing to the team.

How long will it take Ramos to regain his Champions League level?

We are very happy with his progress since he resumed training with the group a few weeks ago.

Now it's a matter of competition.

We must also see his adaptation to this championship after having known La Liga.

It would be good to assess that in a match, to see his feeling and his feelings in relation to the competition.

Leonardo has confirmed you as PSG coach in comments relayed by AFP.

Does this allow you to put rumors aside to focus fully on the athlete?

We have always been focused on our work, on the matches, on our job.

We cannot control the rumors, but we have remained permanently focused on our missions.

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Can we come back to what was said about you at Manchester United, however?

I am focused on PSG, happy, we have experience and used to rumors.

This is a good signal to be followed, it shows that you are doing a good job.

But we are discreet, we are not focused on that but on our work, on the club where we are, and it is PSG.

We have to stay calm and focused, the players too to win the matches.

Do Marco Verratti's repeated absences complicate your work to change the team's game?

These are things that happen in football.

Marco has missed a few games, he's always been important since joining the club a few years ago, it's still a shame he can't be on the pitch.

By being positive, we always hope that this will be the last injury, that he can be at his best and help the team.

Don't you want to prioritize certain young people to the detriment of more experienced elements who play little?

Do they have the level?

The players who are in the workforce are players at our disposal, we must treat them in a human and professional manner.

The case of young people is separate, they will have opportunities in the present or the future when they have deserved it.

But yes, there is no doubt that there are young people who have potential.

What progress have you noticed in the game and what are the priority next steps?

To give an example, we met a very well organized Manchester City team, with aggressiveness.

The action in the second half which ends with a shot out of frame from Neymar is almost two minutes with passing streaks from the 71st to the 73rd minute.

We hope to be able to do this more regularly in a match in order to gain consistency.

How has Messi been better than Benzema and Lewandowski in 2021 in the Ballon d'Or race?

(Laughs) My players are always the favorites…

Source: leparis

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