Speaking to RMC Sport following the announcement of his starting line-up to face Barcelona at the Parc des Princes tonight, PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino sought to explain his thinking behind including Julian Draxler in the spot in the XI vacated by Moise Kean following the Italian’s positive COVID-19 diagnosis.
“I am expecting the same performance from my players (as in the 1st leg, 4-1). In Champions’ League matches it plays on nothing. Sometimes, sometimes you are close to winning, sometimes you are not. It is important to have competitiveness at the forefront of what we do to be as strong as possible. I am very happy with Julian Draxler’s form at the moment. We still need a bit of time for Angel di Maria. Tonight, we need to be as competitive as possible to send a message.”