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VIDEO SHOWS: PARIS ST GERMAIN PLAYERS TRAINING AHEAD OF MATCH AGAINST SAINT-ETIENNE / NEW PSG COACH, MAURICIO POCHETTINO, GIVING NEWS CONFERENCE
SHOWS: SAINT-GERMAIN-EN-LAYE, FRANCE (JANUARY 5, 2021) (PSG - ACCESS ALL)
1. VARIOUS OF PARIS ST GERMAIN PLAYERS TRAINING
2. STRIKER, KYLIAN MBAPPE RUNNING
3. NEW PARIS ST GERMAIN COACH, MAURICIO POCHETTINO, SITTING DOWN
4. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PARIS ST GERMAIN COACH, MAURICIO POCHETTINO, SAYING:
"Thank you very much. In truth, Father Christmas did an awesome job by giving me the opportunity to be in that great club, a great club which I have known for 20 years. I'll take the opportunity of your introduction to thank president Nasser for his trust, as well as the manager of the club, Leonardo, for the trust they have placed in us. I believe this has been something incredible for us, a personal dream for me to be able to play for this great club and, 20 years later, come back to that home."
5. VARIOUS OF TRAINING IN PROGRESS
6. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PARIS ST GERMAIN COACH, MAURICIO POCHETTINO, SAYING:
"About the time when Neymar started with the group, we went, above all, to find the position in which he could play his best and in which we could see him do his best and we he could express the best version of himself. It is clear that the systems… we don't like talking about systems, they are only a way of playing a game, they don't express its liveliness."
7. WHITE FLASH
8. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PARIS ST GERMAIN COACH, MAURICIO POCHETTINO, SAYING:
"Yes, we are very happy to be back in the competition and to play against Saint-Etienne, a historic club. A club with a trainer that we know very well that we admire. We already have a game against each other in England. It will be a difficult match, a game with a very clear idea of how they play. We are truly excited to begin our new adventure here in France."
9. VARIOUS OF PLAYERS TRAINING
10. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PARIS ST GERMAIN COACH, MAURICIO POCHETTINO, SAYING:
"When it is the moment to face Barcelona, we're really confident like I expressed before, we have an unbelievable squad, I think in the moment when all the players will be available, it will be a massive competition between them to try to bring good things, because it's important to have competitiveness between them, to perform in the way that we want, and of course, this is the moment to try and build this time together, to know each other, to adapt quickly, and I think, for sure, we will arrive at our best and yes, we aim to win and go further."
11. VARIOUS OF TRAINING
STORY: New Paris St Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino said on Tuesday (January 5) that he fulfilled a dream to return and manage the French club he played for and captained during his career as a defender in the early 2000s.Pochettino had been out of a job since being dismissed by Tottenham Hotspur in November 2019 and took over the reins at PSG after Thomas Tuchel was sacked last month.
"Father Christmas has given me a gift. It's a chance for me to fulfil a dream by rejoining the club where I played 20 years ago," Pochettino told reporters.
"PSG is a team I always wanted to coach, it was one of my targets."
Pochettino was also asked whether PSG would sign Lionel Messi, who will be a free agent at the end of the season, as well as his former Spurs midfielder Christian Eriksen who is struggling for game time at Inter Milan. However, the Argentine boss said now was not the time to discuss rumours.
Pochettino said Marquinhos will continue to wear the captain's armband and said he looked forward to the challenge of making the best use of forwards Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
(Production: Noemie Olive, Ardee Napolitano, Yiming Woo)