Pochettino Reflects on Where It Went Wrong for PSG in the 2021 Trophee des Champions Final

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Paris Saint-Germain had notable struggles over its five-match preseason schedule, and the team’s sluggish play carried over into the 2021 Trophee des Champions Final.

Reigning Ligue 1 winners Lille OSC came away with a narrow 1-0 win over PSG in this notable final. With a makeshift starting 11 filled with plenty of rotational players, PSG could not will its way to score a mere one goal as it instead watched Lille come away with its second domestic trophy win of the year.

PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino sees that his team had a much better showing in the match than Lille. But in the end, there was one reason as to why PSG could not string together a key win against its new Ligue 1 rivals, which he further detailed following the match (via PSG TV).

“I think we were the better team on the pitch tonight,” Pochettino said. “But we didn’t take our chances, and to win in football, you have to score. It’s a new season, I’m happy with my players’ attitudes, and we’ll be better when we have the full squad available.

“I never doubted any of the players’ commitment. We wanted to win tonight, we did everything to do so, and we played the players who were capable of doing so.”

The Argentine manager now looks ahead to PSG’s 2021-2022 pivotal Ligue 1 opener, which will come next week against newly-promoted side Troyes AC.

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