Pochettino waiting on Marquinhos

13 April 2021 00:37:51 GMTPlus10

Mauricio Pochettino has insisted Marquinhos will not be ready to start the second leg of Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League showdown against Bayern Munich but will leave it until the last minute to decide if the Brazilian will make the bench.

PSG have been sweating on the fitness of the centre-back who limped out of the first leg of the quarter-final at the Allianz Arena seconds after scoring the French side's second goal in their stunning 3-2 win.

Head coach Pochettino was also tight-lipped on the availability of Marco Verratti and Alessandro Florenzi, who have only just returned to training.

The former Southampton and Tottenham boss is on the verge of avenging last season's Champions League final defeat at the hands of Bayern when PSG, then under the stewardship of current Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel, lost 1-0.

In the last round they won 4-1 at Barcelona before limping through 5-2 on aggregate and the Argentine is demanding a better attitude against Bayern.

"It's a question of collective attitude, of the approach to the match that we will have," Pochettino told reporters. "It will not only be necessary to defend, but also to keep the ball, to hurt the opponent. This is the challenge that we will face.

"Barcelona is a thing of the past, it's Bayern against us, it's the best team in the world. Of course, Bayern will put us in difficulty. We must be strong, united."

On Marquinhos, he added: "We don't know yet. He could be part of the group. Of course he won't start but he could be on the bench."

PSG are rated a 2.87 chance to beat Bayern who are available at 2.10. The French champions are 1.40 to go through to the semis.

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