Mauricio Pochettino vows that Paris Saint-Germain will ‘fight to the death’ to win the Champions League after last season’s 1-0 loss against Bayern Munich in the final
Mauricio Pochettino has vowed to fight to the death to win the Champions League and finally bring European glory to Paris Saint-Germain.
The French giants face Barcelona in their round of 16 second-leg tie on Wednesday after beating the Spanish side 4-1 at the Nou Camp last month.
Last season PSG reached the final under boss Thomas Tuchel – now at Chelsea – but lost to a single Kingsley Coman goal as they were outclassed by Bayern Munich.
PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino has vowed to ‘fight to the death’ to win the Champions League
While the reigning Ligue 1 champions have enjoyed unprecedented domestic success, the club’s Qatari owners are also desperate for continental prestige, a responsibility the former Spurs boss is fully aware of.
He told LFP: ‘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.
Last season Paris Saint-Germain under Thomas Tuchel were beaten 1-0 in the final by Bayern
‘We are aware of our responsibility, and we will fight to the death to achieve it.’
Aside from Tuchel, none of Pochettino’s recent predecessors managed to get further than the Champions League quarter-final, with Carlo Ancelotti, Laurent Blanc and Unai Emery all failing in that objective.
However, the Argentine is expected to finish off Barcelona at the Parc des Princes and pose a strong threat to the rest of the competition.
Kylian Mbappe scored a hat-trick as PSG won 4-1 against Barcelona in the last 16 last month