Video: ‘Psychologically It Was a Form of Testing’ – Mauricio Pochettino Comments on Advancing Past Barça

Despite Paris Saint-Germain and FC Barcelona playing to a 1-1 second-leg draw, the Spanish side had plenty of opportunities to make the match a closer won than the 5-2 aggregate score ended up being. 

Nonetheless, Les Parisiens’ advance to the quarterfinals for the second consecutive season. After the match against Barça, manager Mauricio Pochettino spoke to RMC Sport, where Canal Supporters relayed his comments on the fixture. 

“In the first half, we suffered. We had trouble cleaning the first pass,” Pochettino said. “Psychologically it was a form of testing. Here I understood that we were talking a lot about the past, about psychology. I think we responded well at half-time. In the second half, we showed a different face, and we were more competitive.

After a rough first half, the French media outlet asked Pochettino what he said at half-time to avoid a collapse. 

“What is clear is that in this first half, we overthought. We gambled, we thought too much, and we didn’t think about playing,” Pochettino said. “We thought too much about this qualification. I told the squad that, to think about the game and forget about the negative influences. I’m happy that we changed things now we qualified for the quarterfinals, and we responded present.”

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