PSG manager, Mauricio Pochettino inspired his Paris Saint-Germain players with a brilliant talk at half-time against Barcelona, Marquinhos has said. He recently revealed that the Argentine manager did amazingly well to prevent another UCL turnaround against Barcelona like in 2017.
According to him, he is not allowed to give away the secrets of the half-time talk, but it was very intense and productive in the end.
He added that Poch demanded for more engagement from his players, and that is what made the difference for his team.
His words, “We’re not going to give away all the secrets [of the talk],”
“It was hot, it reflected the difficult moments we had, we lacked a lot in the defensive phase, they took advantage with their full-backs. He asked for more engagement, with little videos. This is what made the difference.”
Poch added, “We suffered a lot in the first half,”
“We struggled with the first pass. Psychologically it was a test because we talked a lot about the past. In the second half we showed a different face.
“What is clear is that we thought too much in the first half. We were thinking too much about qualifying, that’s what I told the players.”
“I asked them to play. Of course I was not happy, I told the players that, but sometimes it happens and we were more combative in the second half. The important thing is that we are through. We must put negative thoughts away from us.”
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