Mauricio pochettino is a passionate person. His emotions seemed to take over when he was confronted with questions about Paris Saint-Germain’s play style.
Former Tottenham manager is currently cruising along in Ligue One, leading Lens by ten points. PSG are currently on the course to advance to the knockout stage after the Champions League.
But after a summer transfer window which saw Lionel Messi, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Georginio Wijnaldum, Sergio Ramos, and Achraf Hakimi arrive at the Parc des Princes, the Argentine’s side are merely meeting expectations.
While the football world was eager to see Messi, Kylian Mabappe, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in action for Parisians football, the consensus has been that their football is disappointingly flat.
When these questions were put to Pochettino in his press conference before his side’s meeting with Nantes, the former Spurs man hit back with a tetchy response – and fired an unexpected dig at his former rivals Chelsea.
“Chelsea have a defensive team, they play in transition and on the counter,” Pochettino said to L’Equipe.
“We, We, We have signed Hakimi and Nuno Medes, two attacking full backs.
“The club has the ambition of playing attacking football, we are going to have to find the defensive balance that allows us to control the ball well to be able to attack well.
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Predictably, Pochettino’s comments were met with bemusement from supporters of the reigning Champions League holders, mainly because they are the second-highest scorers in the Premier League with 27 goals from 11 games.
“I like PSG but Poch is crazy ask him how many goals his “attacking full-backs” score vs ours. Heck Alonso has permanent residence in the opposition penalty box. Not to mention Reece and Chilly,”One Chelsea fan tweeted his support.
Another Blues fan tweeted: “I think he just might be jealous of our well-rounded team at Chelsea.”
“You know you are doing well when you are being complained about by a coach who has just signed Messi,”Added another user
Tuchel’s side currently hold a three-point lead at the top of the Premier League table.
They will however be put to the test when they take on Leicester City at Stamford Bridge, in an early kick-off Saturday.
While Brendan Rodgers’ side has blown hot and cold this season, the Blues know first hand how dangerous the Foxes can be, having lost this fixture last season as well as falling to defeat in the FA Cup final in May.