PSG regained the lead of Ligue 1 last weekend with a 4-2 win over Olympique Lyonnais, and benefited from LOSC’s surprise defeat at home against Nîmes Olympique. Qualified for the quarterfinals of the Champions League, with a big duel against Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain is already starting to show the effects of the Mauricio Pochettino touch. Having arrived only a few months ago, the Argentine has managed to give the reigning French champions a new lease on life.
PSG takes the Pochettino brand
For former coach Guy Lacombe, interviewed by The Parisien, Mauricio Pochettino has begun the transformation of PSG, and the match in Lyon is proof. “I don’t think Lyon was surprised by Pochettino or Paris. Verratti as a number 10, he has been doing it for a while. The Parisians played a very, very good game. But the game we expected. On the other hand, in the first half, we can’t say that it was great Lyon. What really impressed me was the intensity that the Parisians put in, the quality of the counter-pressing. I think Pochettino is improving the quality of each player. He has repositioned a little bit a clear scheme in the eyes of the players.”
Tenfold intensity with the Argentine
Guy Lacombe believes that athletically, PSG is no longer the same as with Thomas Tuchel, thanked and left for Chelsea. “After all, I know the music and I know that it is always a bit like that, because what they did with Thomas Tuchel, it was not anything either, explained the former PSG coach. But, indeed, on the physical level, Pochettino makes the boys work a little more. Paris has regained some momentum. That’s clear. Just like Mbappe. On Sunday, we saw Mbappe really on his feet! It’s a great Mbappe! When he is at the top, honestly Paris has another look. He had chosen the men for this match. They proved him right. But that is the role of the coach and with the career he has made, we can trust him. Maybe the next game he will play differently because he studies the opponent a lot. He knows exactly what will hurt. And it’s true that PSG, when it’s like that, it hurts.”