Ex-Arsenal striker, Thierry Henry has come out to question Mauricio Pochettino influence at PSG. He recently revealed that he is not sure Poch is allowed to have a go at Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar when they underperform.
According to him, defending with seven players won’t win any top team the UCL right now because modern game football has reduced the success rate with that.
Henry added that PSG is too exposed at the moment and a team like Manchester City was always going to take advantage of that.
His words, “You know where the frustration comes from? It’s because [PSG] used to play at the back, so not seeing those guys come back hurts.”
“As an ex-striker, if you want to win the Champions League, you cannot now in the modern game defend with seven players. It’s impossible. I don’t care who you are.”
“Teams that win titles and win the Champions League more… you need to have at least your front three facing the ball. I mean the bare minimum. We’re not asking you to chase guys to the corner flag. Face them, make it difficult, cut the passing side, allow them to go outside and then maybe now [the full-backs] will feel more secure about what’s happening behind them and in front of them.”
“Right now, they’re too exposed. Teams in the league in France can’t expose them, but Man City can.”
“Can the boss be allowed to have a go at them, or [do] the players rule? It is very difficult because if, at the top, the coach cannot be strong in terms of what he wants to do and how he likes to play, and he feels the pressure of maybe being happy with some, then it becomes difficult.”
“You saw everyone that left PSG went on to win in Europe – [Unai] Emery and [Thomas] Tuchel – but Pochettino is not allowed to be Pochettino at times with that team.”
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