Mauricio Pochettino believes Paris Saint-Germain’s desperation to win the Champions League has at times stifled the club’s progress.
The ex-Spurs manager was fired by the French giants a month ago and recently made his first comments to Argentine media since leaving.
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The 50-year-old has had a relatively successful 18-month tenure as manager of the Parc de Princes. He won the Ligue 1 title and the Coupe de France, but domestic success is not the standard at PSG.
Everything is focused on the Champions League and sometimes that distracts a bit and that requirement seems to only exist in the Champions League preview and in other competitions it seems like PSG’s superiority.
The obsession is the Champions League and everything that is not winning the Champions League is synonymous with failure.
Last season, Pochettino led PSG to the last-16 of the competition, where they were defeated by eventual winners Real Madrid.
The Parisians won the first leg 1-0 and led the second leg at the Bernabeu 1-0 at halftime. However, a stunning late comeback saw Madrid triumph and begin an incredible run to the final.
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Pochettino, on the other hand, points to one foul that his PSG did not receive that could have changed the course of history.
He also believes Benzema fouled Gianluigi Donnarumma for the first goal, which allowed Vinicius to feed the Frenchman for the first of his hat-trick on the night.
I think the foul and having reviewed the VAR, today we would be talking about something else, the elimination of Madrid.
Source: Daily Mail