Paris Saint-Germain

Leonardo insists PSG won't axe Mauricio Pochettino this season

Graeme Bailey
Mauricio Pochettino is under pressure
Mauricio Pochettino is under pressure / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

Paris Saint Germain chief Leonardo insists the club are not about to axe Mauricio Pochettino following their Champions League exit at the hands of Real Madrid.

The Argentine has been under intense pressure to deliver football's biggest prize, but once again PSG came up short as Madrid claimed a come-from-behind 3-1 win in the Spanish capital on Wednesday evening to put them into the quarter-finals 3-2 on aggregate.

The question over Pochettino's immediate future was asked of PSG director of football Leonardo, who was quick to rule out a departure for the Argentine this season - although as 90min revealed earlier this year, it is expected that Zinedine Zidane will be replacing him in the summer.

"We shouldn't throw everything in the bin," Leonardo told RMC Sport.

"We shouldn't start from scratch after every loss. The objective is to win the Champions League, and until half-time we were fine.

"We have to look to improve this team and maintain morale to play in Ligue 1 and to finish the season well. We should stay together.

"Pochettino is still part of the project for this season. It's not the time to think about that."

Speaking about the defeat, Leonardo added: "It's a tough one to take. We can't bury everything that was done. It's hard to analyse.

"The incident of the foul on Donnarumma was crucial, but we struggled to manage that moment. We lost control. We need to look for solutions. But it's a shame that a referee's decision can be so influential in that sort of moment.

"But we should stay calm. We made errors, we should change things but we shouldn't look back on everything. It's difficult but, up until half time we were a well-organised team."