Pochettino Considering Making a Significant Tactical Change for the Champions League Return Match With Manchester City

Mauricio Pochettino hinted at making a tactical switch for the upcoming UEFA Champions League semifinal second leg duel with Manchester City.

Over the first leg of PSG’s tie with Manchester City, Marco Verratti played higher up the pitch than usual. The Italian midfielder was often seen occupying spaces out on the left wing. Thus, Leandro Paredes was the player that Pochettino tasked with to lead the team’s midfield set up in the match.

Now, for the upcoming return match with Manchester City, Pochettino is considering starting Verratti in a base or a holding midfielder role instead. The Argentine explained his reasoning (via Le Parisien) following PSG’s key Ligue 1 win over RC Lens.

“Yes, I thought about it,” Pochettino said. “It will also be necessary to analyze the balance and complementarity to know if this is possible.”

Verratti is one versatile player that can take on multiple positions over the course of a match for PSG. For this upcoming showdown with Manchester City, the veteran PSG midfielder could end up tagging along with Paredes in the team’s potential 4-2-3-1 setup.

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Tags Champions League Manchester City Marco Verratti Mauricio Pochettino