PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino rattles Chelsea fans with "defensive" analysis

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Mauricio Pochettino is a passionate man, and his emotions appeared to get the better of him when he became frustrated by questions about Paris Saint-Germain's playing style.

The former Tottenham manager is currently cruising in Ligue One, leading second-placed Lens by 10 points and PSG are currently on course to advance into the knockout stages after the Champions League.

But after a summer transfer window which saw Lionel Messi, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Georginio Wijnaldum, Sergio Ramos, and Achraf Hakimi arrive at the Parc des Princes, the Argentine’s side are merely meeting expectations.

The footballing world was agitating to see Neymar,Kylian Mbappe, and Messi in action for the Parisians, but the consensus so far is that their football has been disappointingly flat.

When these questions were put to Pochettino in his press conference before his side’s meeting with Nantes, the former Spurs man hit back with a tetchy response – and fired an unexpected dig at his former rivals Chelsea.

“Chelsea have a defensive team, they play in transition and on the counter," Pochettino said to L'Equipe.

"We, we have signed two attacking full-backs, Hakimi and Nuno Mendes.

"The club has the ambition of playing attacking football, we are going to have to find the defensive balance that allows us to control the ball well to be able to attack well.

Do Chelsea really play defensive football? Comment below.

Predictably, Pochettino’s comments were met with bemusement from supporters of the reigning Champions League holders, mainly because they are the second-highest scorers in the Premier League with 27 goals from 11 games.

“I like PSG but Poch is crazy ask him how many goals his "attacking full-backs" score vs ours. Heck Alonso has permanent residence in the opposition penalty box. Not to mention Reece and Chilly,” said one Chelsea fan on Twitter.

Another Blues fan tweeted: “I think he just might be jealous of our well-rounded team at Chelsea."

“You know you are doing well when you are being complained about by a coach who has just signed Messi,” added another user.

Tuchel’s side currently hold a three-point lead at the top of the Premier League table.

However, their mettle will be firmly tested when they host Leicester City at Stamford Bridge in the early kick-off on Saturday.

While Brendan Rodgers’ side has blown hot and cold this season, the Blues know first hand how dangerous the Foxes can be, having lost this fixture last season as well as falling to defeat in the FA Cup final in May.

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