Just like two years ago, Mauricio Pochettino starts the return of the semi-finals of the Champions League with a gap.
However, according to the Paris Saint-Germain coach, the away game against Manchester City cannot be compared to the confrontation between Tottenham Hotspur and Ajax in 2019.
"That is already two years ago," said Pochettino when asked at the press conference on Monday about the miraculous escape in the ArenA.
"Nothing is the same, the approach will be very different now. Now we play without an audience. The experience is important in football and it is very different now", said the Argentinian coach.
Pochettino led Tottenham two years ago at the expense of Ajax to the final of the Champions League.
At home, the Spurs lost 1-0, after which the team in Amsterdam turned a 2-0 deficit in a 2-3 victory and miraculously qualified for the final.
PSG needs a similar miracle on Tuesday evening, as the home game was lost 1-2 last week.
In Manchester, the French will have to score at least twice.
It is still uncertain whether top scorer Kylian Mbappé is fit enough to play.
Pochettino, like Guardiola, very relaxed
Pochettino does not think that the pressure is on City, because that team has never reached the final of the Champions League.
"Everyone will be fully motivated. If there are players who still have to be motivated for a semi-final in the Champions League, then we really have a problem."
"Then we have to give Houston a call," Pochettino referred to the famous statement about space flight Apollo 13. The trainer made a relaxed impression at the press conference with a number of such light-hearted comments.
"Pep (Guardiola, ed.) Said that he is more relaxed than ever before and for me it's the same. I really enjoy these matches. It is difficult to get this far in the Champions League, that is rarely PSG. We succeeded. Now we are just going to try to play as well as possible. "
"Two years ago we played with the Spurs against a good opponent. And now it will be again. We have to make sure that we are even better than City."
City-PSG starts on Tuesday at 9 p.m. and is led by Björn Kuipers.
The other semi-final will be between Chelsea and Real Madrid on Wednesday.
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