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Mauricio Pochettino promised that PSG will fight to the death to win this year’s Champions League.
PSG will seek to book their place within the quarter-finals of Europe’s elite competition once they host five-time winners Barcelona in their round of 16 second-leg clash in midweek. The French champions reached the showpiece last season, only to suffer a narrow defeat to Bayern Munich, and Pochettino is decided to assist the team go one step further in May.
In a pre-match interview with the LFP Pochettino the boss said: “Clearly, it is the ambition of the club that of the win. There are a lot of other teams who want to win it, it’s not that easy. We are aware of our responsibility, and we will fight to the death to achieve it.”
PSG were dealt a difficult attract the group stage of the 2020-21 Champions League alongside Manchester United, RB Leipzig and Istanbul Basaksehir.
The French champions only picked up three points from their first three fixtures, losing reception to United and away to Leipzig either side of a 2-0 win against Basaksehir, but recovered to end top of Pool H. PSG beat Leipzig 1-0 reception before earning a powerful 3-1 victory over the Red Devils at Old Trafford and thrashing Basaksehir 5-1, with a heavyweight knockout stage encounter against Barca serving because the reward for his or her efforts.
Pochettino’s side then hammered home their European aspirations by dismantling the Blaugrana 4-1 at Camp Nou within the first leg of their last 16 tie, and can be expected to end the work at Parc des Princes on Wednesday night.
Carlo Ancelotti, Laurent Blanc and Unai Emery all did not take PSG beyond the quarter-finals of the Champions League, but Thomas Tuchel managed to buck that trend in 2019-20.
The German head coach found how to bring the simplest out of key performers like Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria as they swept aside all comers to succeed in the ultimate , but were outclassed by Bayern.