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Mauricio Pochettino foresees tough times

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Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino said the “next few weeks are not going to be easy” after his side lost their Champions League last-16 tie against Real Madrid.

PSG took a 1-0 lead on the night thanks to Kylian Mbappe, who had an additional two goals ruled out, but Benzema’s 17-minute hat-trick took Real to a 3-2 victory on aggregate.

“The first goal completely changed the game,” Pochettino said. “For an hour, we were better than Real Madrid. The atmosphere changed in the stadium.

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“We made some mistakes after that, we can’t say we didn’t. The worst feeling is that we were the better side, but we lost the tie in 10 minutes.

“Paris St-Germain have been chasing the Champions League for a number of years now. I’m really disappointed, upset—but these things can happen. The next few weeks are not going to be easy.”

Benzema’s goals saw him become Real Madrid’s third-highest all-time scorer with 309 strikes, taking him ahead of the legendary Alfredo Di Stefano (308).

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Giving his reaction to the game, the 34-year-old suggested that PSG struggle to play under pressure.

“We knew they’re a team that if you put them under pressure, they don’t panic, but it’s more difficult for them,” Benzema said. —Sky Sports

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