Mauricio Pochettino has revealed what he told his players at half-time during their hard fought 1-1 with Barcelona in Paris on Wednesday.
Having won the first leg 4-1 in Spain, the French club needed to stop Lionel Messi-led Barcelona from a dramatic comeback as they did in 2017.
And Pochettino said he warned his players against letting that happen after Kylian Mbappe had cancelled out Messi’s opener and with the Argentine missing from the spot at the stroke of half time
“We suffered a lot in the first half,” Pochettino told RMC Sport.
“We struggled with the first pass.
“I asked them to play. Of course I was not happy, I told the players that, but sometimes it happens and we were more combative in the second half. The important thing is that we are through. We must put negative thoughts away from us,” the Argentine said.
PSG centre-back, Marquinhos had earlier revealed that Pochettino had a ‘fiery speech’ with them during the half time
The draw was enough for the French champions to go through to the quarter final 5-2 on aggregate.
Marquinhos said the manager’s speech “made the difference.
“He asked for more engagement, with little videos. This is what made the difference,” he added.