Pochettino hails 10-man PSG’s ‘character and personality’ in Marseille draw

Obiajulu Chiagoziem

Paris St Germain Manager Mauricio Pochettino has hailed the tremendous display of his team boys as they played their long time rivals Marseille yesterday being Sunday.

According to Pochettino, he is sad that Paris Saint-Germain displayed “character and personality” in their 0-0 draw with Marseille on Sunday.

The boys struggled to break the Marseille’s defense all to no avail while also dealing with Hakimi Ashraf’s red card in the second half.

“I think overall our performance was good,” Pochettino told RMC Sport.

“We played almost 40 minutes with 10 men because of Hakimi’s red card. Yes, we wanted to win, it was our idea. But, in the end, we are quite happy with this performance.

“I think we played well. Yes, it was a very good game, with different phases. I think we just missed scoring. We did a lot of positive things. I’m pretty happy because it was a very difficult game. 

“The team showed character and personality. By playing with 10 for 40 minutes, I think we showed a lot of character. Of course, we showed identity and style in the game.”

It was their first draw of the season and, while happy with the performance, Pochettino expects his side to return to winning ways soon.

“Obviously, as coach of PSG, we always hope to win, but I can only congratulate the players for what they did today,” he added.

“We are in search of a balance. From experience, we know that these periods in October and November are always difficult.

“But I am happy with the progress of the team, I am satisfied with where it is today in its course of evolution.” he concluded.

On Friday, October 29th, Paris St Germain will be hosting Lille who are presently the reigning champions.