Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino was extremely happy with how his team played during its 3-2 victory over Bayern Munich in its first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals on Wednesday.
“The team played very well today. We went on the counterattack and were incredibly clinical,” said Pochettino (as captured by FCBayern.com). “To score three goals against such a good team is enormously difficult. So a big congratulation to my players. Our plan worked, but we also had that necessary slice of luck. It’s a very positive result, even though everything is still wide open. We have to give our all on Tuesday.”
Pochettino was thrilled to see his team battle through adversity. Even the 49-year-old manager could admit that Bayern Munich controlled large portions of the contest.
“I am happy with the result, with the attitude of the team which found itself in difficult situations against the best team in Europe,” Pochettino said. “We must congratulate the players for their sense of sacrifice. We are trying to repeat this kind of performance.”
Pochettino also indicated that the victory absolutely cooled some of the heat he felt entering the match.
“When you win, it’s always easier to explain your decisions, everyone thinks you made the right choices,” Pochettino said (as captured by Sky). “The credit goes to the players, they are the main protagonists, it is their quality that must be highlighted. The first leg is favorable but the return will be difficult as we know.”
In the end, though, Pochettino is just hoping his team can be even better next week in Paris.
“It’s a totally different result from the first leg against Barca, the advantage there is as small as possible,” said Pochettino. “We hope that our performance in the return will be better than against Barcelona, that’s our desire.”