Pochettino: We have to control the game

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Mauricio Pochettino believes Real Madrid will not change their style of play but insists his side will control the game at Bernabeu in the Champions League.

Paris Saint Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino has stated that they will approach the game against Real Madrid like they did in the first leg.

The French club got a late winner in the first leg, thanks to Kylian Mbappe’s goal.

Speaking ahead of the return leg of the game Pochettino said: “For a team like Paris Saint-Germain, the best way to defend a result is to attack, dominate, and play in the opponent’s half. We were able to do that for 90 minutes in the first leg, but it’ll be tougher on Wednesday. The match is going to make very big demands of us. It’s like a final. We have to approach it in the same way as the first leg.”

The former Tottenham manager believes Real Madrid will not change their style of play but insists his side will have to control the game.

“Madrid won’t change their way of playing because of injuries or suspensions. Their playing style will be the same. We know each other well, we’ve seen all their games, they’ve seen ours. We’ll have to play with intensity, and try to control the ball to keep them away from our penalty area. We’re going to try and bring the ball out well and then press to create chances. It’s a match in which the tactics could change depending on which players are on the pitch.”

He added that he knows the quality the Real Madrid team has but claims they are not afraid but have to be serious and demanding in their game.

“We won the first leg and we have to stay out in front. We respect Real Madrid, their players. It’s no accident that the club has won the Champions League 13 times. But we’re not afraid. We know we have to be serious and demanding in our play. It’s a competition that every player, member of staff, and club wants to win. We have to do all we can to qualify.”

Speaking about the first leg match winner Kylian Mbappe who suffered a knock in training.

The Argentine said: “We have talked, he’s good. When he suffered the knock, he shouted with pain and it hurt. He could walk fine two hours later. I hope he’ll be able to train and will feel good after Tuesday’s session.”




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