Mauricio Pochettino happy as PSG secure win ahead of Man City clash

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Seamus Leonard

Mauricio Pochettino accepted that Paris Saint-Germain are in a “good way” after their Ligue 1 win over Montpellier on Saturday.

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Goals from Idrissa Gueye and substitute Julian Draxler saw Les Parisiens maintain their 100% league record, with the injured Lionel Messi watching on from the stands at the Parc des Princes.

Asked if it was the “perfect night” before the highly anticipated Champions League clash with Manchester City on Tuesday, PSG boss Pochettino tried to dampen expectation a little.

“I don’t know if it’s the perfect night but it’s a good night with these three points won,” the Argentine said.

“Eight wins in eight matches. It’s a good way to prepare for Manchester City’s reception in a competition, the Champions League, which is very important for the club and against a very strong opponent.”

PSG started with a front three of Neymar, Kylian Mbappé, and Ángel di María, yet none of the three managed to get on the scoresheet.

Asked if he was concerned by this, Pochettino insisted it is only a matter of time before things click up front.

“We created a lot of situations, but we didn’t score more than two goals,” he said.

“It’s going to come because the players have a lot of talent and it’s going to pay off in the end.”

The win moves PSG 10 points clear of Marseille at the top of the table, though the latter do have two games in hand.