PSG coach, Argentine Mauricio Pochettino, is confident of being able to return to the French team bench in next Friday’s match against Montpellier, once he has recovered from covid-19.
From the hotel in Paris where he is confined, Pochettino spoke about his physical condition with ‘El Larguero’ from the SER string. “I have some symptoms, but I have almost no fever. On Thursday I undergo a test and a blood test and see if I can be already on Friday against Montpellier.”
Pochettino explained that it was on December 23 the first time Leonardo called him to take over PSG, and reiterated that his great goal is “the Champions League.”
“You don’t have to tell me. They dream of that title here,” said the coach.
With regard to Barcelona, he downplayed his comment from a few years ago, when he said that before he would go to a farm to sign for Barça: “When I said that I had a fever (laughs), I overdid it, but It is impossible to identify with Barcelona, I am a parakeet (Espanyol supporter) “.
Asked if he met with the outgoing president of Barcelona, Josep María Bartomeu, this past summer, he said that they met in a bar, but stated: “There was never anything with Barça.”
Pochettino believes that PSG is making an effort to renew Kylian Mbappé. “Who wouldn’t want to have him on their team. Mbappe is happy in Paris, he loves being here. I have no doubt that the club will try to make him stay.”
Asked by Leo Messi, he recalled an event that happened more than 15 years ago: “Messi was about to play for Espanyol. The loan was practically made before Joan Gamper against Juventus de Capello (2004)”.
Pochettino, with a contract until June 2022, arrived at PSG on January 2 and last week won his first title with the Parisians, the French Super Cup, by winning 2-1 at Olympique de Marseille.