Paris St Germain will not have revenge on their minds once they play Bayern Munich of their Champions League quarter-final after shedding to the German group in final season’s decider, supervisor Mauricio Pochettino stated on Tuesday.
Bayern beat PSG 1-0 within the ultimate final yr to seal a treble however Pochettino, who changed supervisor Thomas Tuchel halfway by this season, stated this time can be completely different as they have been enjoying a two-legged tie.
“The final is not a benchmark match for us, we weren’t there with my staff, we were just spectators,” Pochettino advised reporters forward of Wednesday’s first leg in Munich.
“In addition, it’s going to be played over two matches, the context is different. Revenge exists in sport but for us it’s more of a challenge to beat such a strong team, maybe the best in the world. It’s a source of motivation.”
Both sides might be lacking key gamers, with PSG striker Mauro Icardi out with a thigh harm whereas midfielder Marco Verratti and his Italy group mate Alessandro Florenzi each examined constructive for COVID-19.
Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski is sidelined with a knee harm whereas winger Serge Gnabry examined constructive for COVID-19 however Pochettino stated the German league leaders had sufficient squad depth to stay aggressive.
“The strength of Bayern is in its collective,” Pochettino added. “When you win the Champions League and the Club World Cup, it’s because you have a very good group, not just 11 performing players.”
PSG ahead Neymar was despatched off in a 1-0 loss to Lille over the weekend and Pochettino stated the Brazilian’s feelings bought the higher of him in his first Ligue 1 begin in over two months.
“He was very excited to start a match. He’s an emotional player, he likes to play, he likes to fight, he’s a competitor. He didn’t deserve that red,” Pochettino stated.
“But he knows he has to channel himself. I hope that tomorrow everything will be fine.”