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PSG-Brest (3-0): “We have seen improvement”, estimates Mauricio Pochettino

Winner (3-0) of Brest for his second game at the head of PSG on Saturday, the new Argentinian coach Mauricio Pochettino expressed his satisfaction at a press conference.

What satisfies you the most compared to the draw against Saint-Etienne (1-1) on Wednesday?

MAURICIO POCHETTINO. We still have little common experience. We have just played two difficult games. The main satisfaction lies in the efforts of the players. The staff, too, do an enormous job. Logically, we have seen improvement compared to Saint-Etienne. With the victory, already, and better worked concepts which give us satisfaction.

As in Saint-Etienne, PSG dropped in intensity at the start of the second period. How to correct this defect?

I agree with this analysis. It is a matter of work. You have to keep up the pace for 90 minutes. We have been here for a few days. I think we will get there because the effort of the players is real.

How can you solve the physical problem with the sequence of matches?

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Our information on the capital club

There is a situation that no one can control: the appearance of the coronavirus. In all sectors of the world. PSG are coming out of a difficult situation, like many other clubs. We are working together with all the staff to find the best strategy in the shortest time possible.

How did you experience your reunion with the Parc des Princes?

I want to say thank you to the supporters who wrote this banner (Editor’s note: 18 years later… Back home. Welcome captain). It’s moving, special. We hope to find the fans as soon as possible. Since my arrival, I have noticed the enormous affection. I want to thank everyone.

A word on Mauro Icardi, scorer for his return?

We have to take it slow. Mauro returns from a major injury. He works. Little by little, he returns to the group, to the competition. For him as for Pablo (Sarabia), it’s good to score for their confidence but we have to remain patient. What I expect is that all the players put me in difficulty when choosing the starting XI.

Thomas Tuchel believed that Marquinhos could play in the middle and in central defense. Is there a debate for you as well?

I have a lot of respect for my counterparts. I don’t want to get into a debate with one coach or the other. Marquinhos is a great player, as my predecessor said. Great players can play in different positions, that’s clear. He played a central defender but you never know in football.

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