Mauricio Pochettino predicts Champions League tie

Paris Saint-Germain boss, Mauricio Pochettino has predicted a ‘tough’ game when his team tackle Real Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 fixture in February

Mauricio Pochettino

PSG was drawn against Real Madrid in the Champions League last-16 that will be played in February.

But Mauricio Pochettino is confident that PSG can beat the LaLiga giants and secure progress to the quarter-final.

“It will be a difficult tie because they are a team with a super coach and super players,” Mauricio Pochettino told PSG’s official club media.

“We will be facing Real Madrid, who are a team used to winning the Champions League, a team with history and plenty of experience. It’s clear that we face a very tough tie.

“It starts in February, so the current form will count for little. The important thing will be to be in our best possible condition come February and to evaluate every player individually.

“There is always an element of luck when it comes to a team’s form. For example, injuries can affect the team. This will be a knockout tie played on predetermined dates when several factors can influence the outcome.

“Of course, we have to be confident. We have a great team and great footballers with lots of talent. I have no doubt that we will approach the tie in the best possible way and still with lots of confidence in our players.

“We have enough quality to win this tie and get through to the next round. That is Paris Saint-Germain’s objective.”