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Mauricio Pochettino, PSG’s Manager, makes open admission about Chelsea. 1

Following the Champions League opener, Mauricio Pochettino, the PSG’s manager, made an open admission to Chelsea saying “This is the team to defeat”.

Last season, Thomas Tuchel’s side won the trophy, and they started this season with a 1-0 win over Zenit in Group H.

Mauricio Pochettino, PSG’s Manager, makes open admission about Chelsea. 1. The former Tottenham Hotspur manager discusses Chelsea’s chances of retaining the Champions League trophy this season during a press conference broadcast on ESPN.

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“On paper, looking at our squads, it’s feasible that Chelsea and ourselves are the two teams to beat,” he added. “However, Chelsea is the holders, therefore they’re the club to beat, especially after upgrading their squad.”

“We haven’t formed a team yet.” Pochettino went on. “We are a team that has brought in a large number of players this summer. There are some huge names, but we need to work together as a unit. We understand that our performance will be evaluated at the end of the season.

“All of the teams are under pressure, and we know that the Champions League has been PSG’s major goal for a lot of years.”

Mauricio Pochettino, PSG's Manager, makes open admission about Chelsea. 1

This season, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain are among the favorites to win Europe’s top prize.

PSG’s manager sees his team as a good but not perfect team.

Last year, the French team lost in the semi-finals to Manchester City, while Chelsea beat Real Madrid on the same stage to set up an all-English final.

Tuchel’s team won the final, and the German coach went one better than he had with PSG the previous season by collecting the cup despite the Blues’ underdog reputation.

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Despite recruiting megastars like Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos this summer, PSG will need to ‘transform into a team’ before they can win the Champions League.

“On paper, looking at our squads, it’s possible that Chelsea and ourselves are the two teams to beat, but Chelsea are the holders, therefore they’re the club to defeat, especially after upgrading their roster,” Pochettino stated.

“We haven’t formed a team yet.” This summer, we are a club that has attracted a large number of players.

“There are some huge names, but we need to work together as a unit.” We understand that our performance will be evaluated at the end of the season.

“All of the teams are under pressure, and we know that the Champions League has been PSG’s major goal for a lot of years.”

PSG recently came close to winning the Champions League in 2020, but fell 1-0 to Bayern Munich in the final in Lisbon.

The Parisians will begin their group stage campaign against Club Brugge of Belgium on Wednesday night.

Manchester City, who are in the same group as RB Leipzig, are also in action tonight at the Etihad.

Tuchel’s team keep up the momentum as expected

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