Mauricio Pochettino calls Le Classique a 'final' for PSG

Jack Gallagher
A big game ahead for PSG - Quality Sport Images / Contributor
A big game ahead for PSG - Quality Sport Images / Contributor /

Mauricio Pochettino has described Sunday evening's Le Classique clash between PSG and Marseille as a 'final'.

Paris Saint-Germain are currently a whopping 12 points clear of second-placed Marseille in the Ligue 1 table, and can all but wrap up the title this weekend.

When speaking to the press ahead of the game, Pochettino accentuated that point, telling the media: "The league is our goal. We want to win against Marseille.

"The Classique is always a special match. I had the chance to play in it as a player, captain and now as a coach. It's a different game. There is more than just the three points at stake, it is much more than a football match.

"We have a squad that knows how important a Classique is for the club, for our supporters, for our families. It's clear that it's an important match for both sides given the league table.

"For us tomorrow is a final. We want to show the best version of ourselves tomorrow."

Pochettino gave an insight into what he expects from Marseille on Sunday, adding: "They are a having a great season and have a lot of energy, technical ability and they play well as a block. Their team is also very good at attacking quickly."

The PSG manager also discussed his positive relationship with Kylian Mbappe, who is yet to decide whether or not he'll be leaving to join Real Madrid this summer.

"We have a good relationship like with all the players. At this level, human relationships are very important. We have a good relationship that has been built over time, we have seen him grow and we are happy to see how he develops."