Can Pochettino get all-star PSG to fulfil potential?

Mauricio Pochettino has Paris Saint-Germain travelling in Ligue 1 and on course to receive the Champions League last 16, and yet the Argentine is still having a hard time to get the very best out of a dream team in the French capital.

It has actually ended up being a pattern with Pochettino’s PSG, who have actually needed to originate from behind to win 3 of their last 4 house video games in Ligue 1 and likewise recuperated from losing positions in both legs of their current Champions League double-header versus RB Leipzig.

Sitting 8 points clear on top after simply 12 video games, PSG are on course to recover the French title they lost to Lille last season.

Nevertheless they have actually discovered themselves behind in 4 league video games in overall prior to returning to take all 3 points.

Wins versus Lyon, Metz, Angers and Lille were all attained with objectives in the 87th minute or later on.

In the house to Leipzig they were 2-1 down prior to a Lionel Messi brace assisted them win 3-2.

In Germany on Wednesday, with Messi out hurt, Pochettino’s group went behind, returned to lead 2-1 however then yielded a last-gasp charge and drew 2-2.

That result delivered the benefit in their Champions League group to Manchester City, although the Qatar-owned club are on the verge of reaching the last 16.

And yet they are not playing well.

In spite of the stars, the football is not sexy. The battling spirit and the never-say-die mindset exhibited by many late objectives are exceptional qualities, however Pochettino is having a hard time to put his stamp on a group that can be anticipated to carry out much better provided their resources.

Kylian Mbappe squandered numerous fantastic possibilities versus Leipzig. Neymar’s only objective this season was a charge. Messi has actually scored 3 times in Europe however has actually hardly ever included in Ligue 1.

“It is obvious that we are not yet where we want to be,” stated PSG sporting director Leonardo last weekend.

“What I don’t really like is the way the team is judged and the unwarranted criticism of the coach and the players who were signed this year.”

Leonardo included: “We will see where we are at the end of the season. We want to win the Champions League and we have the means to do it, I’m convinced.”

Pochettino, who was designated in January to change the sacked Thomas Tuchel, takes PSG to having a hard time Bordeaux this weekend.

Gamer to enjoy: Andy Delort

French-born Algerian global striker Delort began the season as the Montpellier captain prior to being offered along the Mediterranean coast to Nice in late August for a reported 10 million euros ($11.5m).

Having actually scored 15 Ligue 1 objectives last season, the 30-year-old had actually netted two times in 3 video games for Montpellier this season and currently has 5 objectives for his brand-new club, who lie 2nd in the table behind PSG.

Delort, who had a short spell at Wigan Athletic in the English Champion in 2014/15, bagged a second-half brace as Great won at Angers last weekend and on Sunday he will meet his previous group as Montpellier check out the Cote d’Azur.

Secret statistics

8 – The variety of objectives scored by Ligue 1’s leading marksman, Lille’s Jonathan David. The Canadian likewise scored in Tuesday’s Champions League win at Sevilla. He is set to make his 50th Ligue 1 look when Lille play Angers.

12 – Bordeaux, who have simply 12 points after 12 video games, have actually not won any of their last 12 league conferences with PSG.

14 – Bottom side Saint-Etienne have actually not won in 14 Ligue 1 video games, the longest winless run in their top-flight history.

Components (kick-offs GMT)


Lens v Troyes (2000)


Lille v Angers (1600), Bordeaux v Paris Saint-Germain (2000)


Marseille v Metz (1200), Lorient v Brest, Nantes v Strasbourg, Reims v Monaco, Saint-Etienne v Clermont (all 1400), Great v Montpellier (1600), Rennes v Lyon (1945)


Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.