For matchday of the UEFA Champions League group stage, Paris Saint-Germain will be heading to Old Trafford to face Manchester United FC. This meeting is significant for the capital club, which controls its destiny to qualify for the competition’s Round of 16 with two wins.
Ahead of the fixture, Marco Verratti spoke with the media to discuss various topics, the first being that he understands that there can’t be any mistakes against The Red Devils, considering if they lose this matchup, they’re looking at Europa League.
“We missed two games. We are not entitled to a third error. Tomorrow we will play a lot, but we have to be confident and give everything on the pitch,” Verratti said. “We can always do more. We always have to look for the best, even if it is difficult at this time for all teams.
“But now we have to forget about the difficulties. We have a great game to play tomorrow, a very important game against a great team. You have to look for this victory, and for that, you have to be perfect in the organization, but also individually.”
The midfielder spoke about his coach Thomas Tuchel and wanted to remember that he led Les Parisiens to a Champions League final last season.
“All coaches are different. I had the chance to be coached by great coaches, like Blanc and Ancelotti. Tuchel took us to the Champions League final. He managed to create a very solid group. Last year we won every possible title in France. He is a young coach, with ideas. He has a very good character with us,” Verratti said.
“It’s not easy for a coach to manage 30 players like us, and yet he has managed to create a good rapport with everyone. And on the pitch, I think we showed some great things last year. There it is less good, but we know our strengths, we know what we can do. Now we have to show it.”
Verratti then talked about their opponent, Manchester United.
“It’s a team that has shown at the Parc that it is organized, that it has a lot of speed, the players have legs. In front of Rashford is a very good player. They are a very good team, from defense to forwards,” Verratti said.
“I love Paul Pogba. I hope he won’t start because he is a player with a lot of personality who likes this kind of match. But you have to pay attention to all the players and not focus on just one. Danger can come from anywhere. And above all, we have to think about our game.”
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