Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed Marquinhos and Marco Verratti are unlikely to begin the second leg in opposition to Bayern Munich as Paris Saint-Germain look to achieve the Champions League semi-finals.
Verratti, together with fellow Italy worldwide Alessandro Florenzi, missed the primary assembly between the groups in Munich after testing constructive for COVID-19.
Nevertheless, the duo have acquired the all-clear and are again in coaching forward of the return fixture within the French capital, with PSG holding a 3-2 benefit on the midway stage within the tie.
Pochettino advised the media on Monday he’s but to determine on his line-up, with Marquinhos remaining a doubt on account of a thigh harm.
“We haven’t determined the crew for tomorrow but, however it will likely be troublesome for Verratti to begin,” the PSG boss mentioned in his pre-game information convention. “Florenzi might be assessed additional tomorrow.”
On Marquinhos’ standing, he added: “We’ll see how he feels tomorrow. In principle, he could possibly be concerned within the squad, so we are going to see.
“I don’t suppose he’ll be capable of begin, definitely, however he might be able to be on the bench. We’ll determine that on Wednesday.”
PSG knocked out Barcelona within the earlier spherical 5-2 on mixture, although had been held to a 1-1 draw at house within the second leg following a powerful triumph at Camp Nou.
Pochettino is properly conscious that the tie with Bayern – who he made clear are one of the best crew on the earth – is far tighter, that means his gamers should discover the fitting stability between retaining their slender benefit and likewise posing issues in assault for his or her opponents.
“At house to Barcelona, notably within the first half, we discovered it very laborious to maintain the ball, even with Verratti and Leandro Paredes within the crew,” Pochettino mentioned.
“It’s not about particular person names however collective angle. We’ve to have a special strategy from the Barcelona recreation whereas understanding that we don’t simply must defend but in addition to maintain the ball to assault and damage the opposition.
“That is the problem that lies forward, and as soon as once more now we have a constructive first-leg consequence to construct on.”
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PSG have gained all 4 of their earlier video games during which they’ve hosted the German aspect in European competitors, whereas solely three of the earlier 50 groups to lose the primary leg at house in a Champions League knockout tie have managed to progress.
Pochettino, although, is properly conscious of the dimensions of the duty the hosts face in opposition to the defending champions, with Bayern having gone 16 video games unbeaten within the competitors below Hansi Flick previous to the loss on house soil final week.
“The Barcelona recreation is the previous, Bayern are one of the best crew on the earth in the mean time so they are going to definitely make it troublesome for us,” the previous Tottenham head coach mentioned.
“We’d like the power and talent to handle these moments, simply as we did within the first leg in Munich.
“They are world champions who’ve gained six trophies in current months. We’re the pretenders and contenders to win the trophy. We’ve to think about all of the circumstances surrounding the tie.
“If we get by means of to the semi-finals, it will likely be an enormous achievement for the membership. PSG need to win each competitors we’re concerned in, however beating Bayern Munich, in itself, could be an enormous feat.”