Mauricio Pochettino believes Paris Saint-Germain’s loss to Nice was more due to bad luck than anything else, after Andy Delort scored a late goal to drop the Ligue 1 leaders.
The championship favorites were defeated by Christophe Galtier’s hosts at Allianz Riviera, due to a late goal from the Algerian striker.
Les Parisiens have already lost successive league games on the road for the first time since April 2019 as a result of the suspension of Kylian Mbappe.
Pochettino acknowledged that his team had not done enough to win, but insisted that Nice had not earned their three points either, dismissing the incident as a sports incident.
“We thought it was going to end in a draw because neither of them had done enough to win,” the Argentine stated in his post-game news conference.
“We had control of the game, especially in the second half, but we took a goal in transition and we lost. There’s not much to analyse. There are times when if you cannot win, you mustn’t lose.”
With a Champions League last-16 second leg against Real Madrid on the horizon, Pochettino was eager to shift his focus away from Saturday’s defeat.
“We are preparing for a competition that everyone in Paris is waiting for and that everyone dreams of,” he added. “Wednesday will be a different game, a different opponent, a different competition. I have no doubts that we will play the game that we have to do”.
Galtier has set about restoring Nice to the top echelons of the domestic pyramid in the south of France, after guiding Lille to the first-tier crown last term before a surprising exit.
His clean sheet against PSG was his fourth straight as a manager against Saturday’s opponents, and match winner Delort was one of his main summer purchases.
After the match, the Algeria striker was eager to congratulate his coach in an interview with Canal+, saying: “He’s the best coach in Ligue 1 and I hope he’ll stay with us for a long time.”
Source: livescore news