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Pochettino: PSG will be ready for Barcelona showdown

PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino highlighted the importance of this week's Champions League Last 16 clash against Barcelona.

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PSG will be ready for Champions League showdown against Barca – Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino said Paris Saint-Germain will be ready to face Barcelona in their blockbuster Champions League tie. PSG will travel to Barcelona for Tuesday's Last 16 first leg at Camp Nou after edging Nice 2-1 in Ligue 1 on Saturday.

Nice win

Goals from Julian Draxler and Moise Kean guided PSG past Nice in the French capital, where the Ligue 1 champions extended their winning streak to four matches across all competitions. Post-match, Pochettino highlighted the importance of the upcoming showdown against Barcelona but believes PSG will be ready for it.

"We have to be ready [for Barcelona]," the coach told reporters. Because we have a very important match on Tuesday. And the team will be ready for this match. First of all it will be recovery, both physical and mental [before Barcelona]. It's important to recharge the batteries. On a tactical level, we won't be able to work a lot on the field, but we will be able to use video. It's something we've been preparing for several weeks, so that the players can understand the game plan for this match."

PSG just one defeat under Pochettino

PSG have won six of their eight Ligue 1 games under Pochettino (D1 L1), after winning just three of their previous seven at the end of 2020 (D2 L2). They have also won each of their last six home games in Ligue 1 –the longest current run in the French top flight and their longest run since August 2018-March 2019 (15).