PSG finished second in their group and will probably have to face a big displacement next spring in the round of 16 of the Champions League. Enough to make a face but the performance last night and a nice 4-1 success against Club Brugge gives grounds for hope to Mauricio Pochettino and his men.
There was no real suspense last night for this last match of this Champions League group stage. 2nd place in Pool A was already awarded to PSG since its defeat on the lawn of Manchester City two weeks ago, a first since the 2016/2017 season when the Parisians had finished behind Arsenal. In the spring, we will probably have to face a big team, unless the draw is favorable to the Ile-de-France region, which has rarely been the case in recent years.
Looking back, if the defeat at the Etihad Stadium (2-1) is not infamous from a point of view of the result, the two draws conceded in Bruges (-1) and in Leipzig (2- 2) are expensive, because they do not improve the success acquired through hardship against the Cityzens at the Parc des Princes during the second day (2-0). Above all, they highlighted the limits of this autumnal PSG, battered both in Belgium and in Germany. After the winter comes the beautiful days and the beautiful victory against Club Bruges can give rise to new hopes in the round of 16.
Two draws that cost a lot
“It was a very difficult group, with good teams, conceded Mauricio Pochettino at a press conference. We saw Leipzig beat City (2-1, last night). We finish 2nd. We would have liked to have finished first, but there are draws in Bruges and Leipzig, and in the end that prevents us from finishing first. It shows that this group was tough and tough. We know that the opponents will surely be complicated, but to win the Champions League, you have to beat everyone. ” The Argentine coach pushes an open door but he also knows that the room for improvement of his team is important.
With such a workforce, PSG is able to beat everyone. It should also be remembered that finishing first in your group is sometimes a poisoned gift. The French club is well placed to know this after having faced Borussia Dortmund two editions ago or even Barça last year in the round of 16. Each time, the Parisian stars had come out of it to then offer their best courses in this competition: a final and a semi-final. Dreaming bigger is always allowed.