Mauricio Pochettino’s reign as Paris Saint-Germain boss gets off to frustrating start as French giants fail to capitalise on Moise Kean’s equaliser in 1-1 draw with Saint-Etienne
- It wasn’t the dream start Mauricio Pochettino was hoping for as PSG manager
- PSG fell behind in 19th minute against Saint-Etienne through Romain Hamouma
- But Moise Kean levelled proceedings just three minutes later for Ligue 1 giants
- Pochettino was desperate for a quick turnaround but that certainly didn’t come
It wasn’t the explosive start to life at Paris Saint-Germain that Mauricio Pochettino was dreaming of as his side were held to a 1-1 draw at Saint-Etienne.
After waiting 14 months following his sacking as Tottenham boss, Pochettino finally got a taste of managerial action once again with PSG.
But the former Premier League manager got off to the worst start possible in charge of PSG after seeing his star-studded side fall behind in the 19th minute through Romain Hamouma.
Mauricio Pochettino’s first match in charge of Paris Saint-Germain ended in a 1-1 draw
Pochettino speaks to his skipper Marquinhos as PSG toiled against Saint-Etienne
Pochettino shows his frustration during the 1-1 draw on Wednesday night in Ligue 1
However, just three minutes later PSG drew level thanks to Moise Kean, and Pochettino was hoping for a immediate turnaround against Saint-Etienne.
But that did not come, and despite enjoying the majority share of possession, the Ligue 1 giants struggled to break their opponents down – who sit 14th in the table.
Both goalkeepers had a busy start to the evening as Keylor Navas denied Harold Moukoudi before Kean tested Saint-Etienne’s Jessy Moulin at the other end inside the first 10 minutes.
But not long after, Pochettino’s re-introduction into football management took a sour turn after PSG played themselves into trouble.
Denis Bouanga capitalised on Idrissa Gueye’s slip before Hamouma coolly converted over PSG shot-stopper Navas.
PSG responded in style though, with Kean slotting home the first goal of Pochettino’s new era in Paris after being played in by Marco Verratti.
Moise Kean levelled up proceedings in the 22nd minute of the Ligue 1 encounter
Even though PSG controlled possession, it was the hosts who arguably had the better chances of the match.
Bouanga’s header hit the crossbar with 20 minutes remaining,, with Navas beaten all ends up.
The only shot on target PSG managed in the second period came through Angel Di Maria, but his low strike was well saved by Moulin.
The result now leaves PSG three points behind league leaders Lyon, who narrowly overcame Lens 3-2 on Tuesday thanks to Memphis Depay’s brace and a Steven Fortes own-goal.
PSG however did move up to second on 36 points from 18 games despite the draw, leapfrogging Lille on goal difference after they slumped to a 2-1 defeat at home against Angers.
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Romain Hamouma had put the hosts ahead in the 19th minute but their lead didn’t last long