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The former Tottenham manager brought his team to a standstill against Saint-Etienne on his debut
Paris Saint-Germain head coach Mauricio Pochettino admitted he was disappointed to have started his tenure in charge with a 1-1 draw at Saint-Etienne on Wednesday.
Romain Hamouma scored the home team’s first goal in the 19th minute, before Moise Kean returned the goal three minutes later with the tie.
However, that would be the end of the scoreboard, as PSG remained in second place in the Ligue 1 table, three points behind first-place Lyon.
Pochettino was appointed PSG’s new coach on Saturday, signing a contract until the summer of 2022. The former Tottenham manager replaced Thomas Tuchel on the Parisian bench.
The Argentine said he was disappointed that he did not have a winning start to his tenure, and said his team has an obligation to win.
“Of course I am a bit disappointed because we are PSG so we have to win,” Pochettino said. Telefoot.
“But after three days we had little time to prepare. There are many things to work on that we need to improve. It is not a result that we wanted but it is clear that Saint-Etienne deserved it.
“We have to improve a lot. We try to put different concepts into practice, but I am happy that the players have tried to apply them. I am happy with the effort, the attitude. We have to improve with the ball. It was positive but there are many things to improve.”
PSG defender Marquinhos said the result was not a surprise after his team only had days to adjust to their new coach’s style of play.
“We knew that [Saint-Etienne] They are a difficult team to maneuver, they have squeezed in the middle, “said the Brazilian.
“We try to create, animate. It is the beginning of a new stage for us. We must keep working and adapt to the new coach system.
“When you’re behind you have to push. They tried to counterattack several times, we lost some balls and they scored. It’s always more difficult when you have to run after conceding.
“There were some difficulties in the game, but we need to improve very quickly with the new system.”