Mauricio Pochettino had two options. The first one ? Align his usual eleven in Strasbourg, this Friday at the start of the 35th day of the championship, and take advantage of this first match without challenge to try to build for the future, even if yet another major cleaning is scheduled for this summer. The second ? Revamp the team, and give some playing time to the youngsters who, so far, haven’t had much to cut their teeth.
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The idea was rather good, since Strasbourg has the public and the ideas of a European team. She had also worked her subject well. At the broadcaster’s microphone, Julien Stéphan revealed that he had asked his players to attack depth. This is what allowed Gameiro to score the fastest goal of the season, taking advantage of two technical errors from players who had been seen diving in the knockout stages of the Champions League, namely Presnel Kimpembe and Gianluigi Donnarumma.
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“We are champions but there are still problems“, admitted Pochettino on Premium Video after the meeting. Without being able to justify them yet:We are disappointed because we played a very good match. Except the first fifteen minutes. I think we deserved the three points. We make an error on which we concede the second goal. And after the third…“.
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If the idea was to outline a revival, it failed. Perhaps because nothing can change between now and the summer, after the potential departure of Kylian Mbappé, who has already seemed to plan for the future, in Paris or elsewhere: “There was a dip in the last 10-15 minuteshe underlined in the mixed zone. But I think now is not the time to explain things.”
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