Champions League: Conte reacts as PSG fail to beat Club Brugge

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Former Inter Milan manager, Antonio Conte, has defended Mauricio Pochettino after Paris Saint-Germain were held to a 1-1 draw by Club Brugge in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

The Ligue 1 side took the lead through Ander Herrera, but Hans Vanaken equalized for the hosts.

Lionel Messi was making his first start for PSG since leaving Barcelona, but had a quiet game, missing a great chance to win it ahead late on.

Former PSG striker, Nicolas Anelka, told French TV: “Brugge were better in terms of intensity, the midfield battle, shots on target, in every area, so congratulations to them.

“We expected PSG to play well, but it’s the PSG we don’t want to see. Nothing went well. There was no intensity, no tracking back, nothing going forward. If they play like that, it’s not going to be possible.”

There are already criticisms about Pochettino’s style as a bad fit for a collection of superstars, but Conte who has been linked with the PSG hotseat in the past, argues that any manager would struggle.

Speaking to Sky Italia after PSG’s draw, Conte said: “To find the balance at PSG is not simple, but not only for Pochettino, it would be difficult for anyone.”

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