Pochettino Opens Up on What It Has Been Like to Manage Messi, Neymar and Mbappe

Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino has had the grand opportunity this season to manage three of the more potent attacking talents in world football today with Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

They have not necessarily opened up the season on a dominant note due to notable injury issues. But when they have shared the pitch together in matches, they have put out for several promising showings.

In speaking to Ligue 1’s official website, Pochettino opened up on his early takeaways of managing this trio so far this season, where he touched on his approach to coaching them.

“I think you cannot teach this type of guys how we need to behave on the pitch,” Pochettino said. “I think they have an amazing talent that… I think only that they need is time, together, to start to create this type of link. But you cannot teach these great players.”

The Argentine also opened up on whether he feels that it is best to provide them with advice on dealing with the collective, mounting expectations that have been placed on them.

“I think it is impossible to advise because that is about… they are going to behave how they feel, because they live how they feel, they play how they feel through the emotions, and you cannot advise,” Pochettino said. “I think they are clever enough to know what they need to do. I think they feel the responsibility too because you know to be in PSG is about to win is about the pressure to deliver good things.

“I think they need time to find their place and to start to have this dynamic together. Like you say before, great player need time only to create the contacts, the links, after to enjoy football, because they are on the same page.”

PSG will return to action on Nov. 20 with a key Ligue 1 home fixture against Nantes.

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