Pochettino and Mbappe agree totally that the team is still recovering from Sunday’s 3-0 loss in the Champions League. After a 3-0 loss to Monaco on Sunday, Mauricio Pochettino faces increased pressure.
PSG was eliminated from the Champions League at the last-16 round less than two weeks ago, despite leading Real Madrid 2-0 on aggregate more than halfway through the second leg in Spain.
PSG fans mocked Lionel Messi and Neymar during their win over Bordeaux last week, and Pochettino said in the build-up to Monaco that the disappointment of losing in Madrid was still causing him sleepless nights.
And it appears that the Argentine will have another long week ahead of him after his helpless team was defeated by a Wissam Ben Yedder double sandwiched by a Kevin Volland score.
PSG were without Messi, Sergio Ramos, Angel di Maria, Juan Bernat, Layvin Kurzawa, and Ander Herrera for the game at the Stade Louis II, but they still had Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in their starting lineup.
In a disappointing performance, Mbappe was PSG’s only attacking option, while Neymar, who had been substituted late on, went straight down the tunnel.
“The way we lost is not acceptable at this level of competition. We can’t start a game the way we started this one,” said Pochettino.
“We need to get over the Champions league exit, hopefully the international break will help put it behind us.”
PSG has a 15-point advantage at the top of the table with 9 games remaining, and is on course to equal Saint-record Etienne’s of ten French league titles.