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Mauricio Pochettino claims Paris Saint-Germain are one of the ‘ones to beat’ in the Champions League

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Mauricio Pochettino has identified Paris Saint-Germain as one of the ‘teams to beat’ in the Champions League this season.   

The manager said, ‘on paper’, his side are on the favourites given the fact they signed Lionel Messi, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos, Achraf Hakimi and Gini Wijnaldum this summer. 

However, he claims PSG need to ‘turn into a team’ before they get their hands on any silverware this season. 

Mauricio Pochettino has identified PSG as one of the ‘teams to beat’ in the Champions League

The Paris Saint-Germain manager said: ‘It’s possible that Chelsea and ourselves are the two teams to beat on paper…We’re not a team yet. 

‘We are a club that has recruited many players this summer. There are some big names but we have to turn into a team.

‘The pressure is there for all the clubs and we know that for a number of years, the Champions League is PSG’s main objective.’ 

He said, ‘on paper’, his side are on the favourites given the fact they signed Lionel Messi, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos, Achraf Hakimi and Gini Wijnaldum this summer

 However, their opening group game against Belgian side Club Brugge did not going according to plan as they were held to a 1-1 draw (above)

PSG were in touching distance of Champions League glory in 2020 when they reached the final in Lisbon. However, they lost 1-0 to Bayern Munich. 

Therefore, they have been chomping at the bit to assert their dominance on the European stage this season.   

However, their opening group game against Belgian side Club Brugge did not going according to plan as they were held to a 1-1 draw. 

Pochettino admitted his team’s performance was below par after the game, but stressed it was only a matter of time before PSG found their stride. 

The former Spurs boss said: ‘Nobody in the team can be happy with their performance and nobody can be happy with this result. We came here to take points. All the points.

Pochettino admitted his team’s performance was below par after the game, but stressed it was only a matter of time before the French side (above) found their stride

He also said that Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe needed time to work on their connections

‘Hats off to Club Brugge. They wanted it more than us tonight and they deserve the point.

‘We didn’t have a good evening. We have to stay calm, keep working and take the time we need. Things will get better.’

He also said that Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe needed time to work on their connections.   

Pochettino added: ‘We need time to work for them to build an understanding. That’s been clear and we’ve said that in recent days. We still have to create a team.’ 

This post first appeared on Dailymail.co.uk

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