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Sons of Pochettino, Bergkamp and Wise star for Watford Under-23s
Watford's star-studded Under-23 team featured the sons of Mauricio Pochettino, Dennis Bergkamp and Dennis Wise in a win against Swansea City on Friday afternoon. Son of Paris Saint-Germain boss Pochettino, 19-year-old Maurizio, scored the opening goal with a header inside five minutes. Mitchell Bergkamp, 22, played 83 minutes while Henry Wise, 21, played the full 90 minutes in the 2-0 victory in the Under-23 Pro Development League.
Mauricio Pochettino could not confirm Neymar would make his return from injury against former club Barcelona but remains "very happy" with his recovery.
The Paris Saint-Germain superstar suffered an adductor injury against Caen in the Coupe de France on February 10.
A predicted four-week lay-off would accommodate a comeback against Barca in the Champions League, having missed the first-leg trip to Camp Nou where Kylian Mbappe inspired a 4-1 away win.
Pochettino has since repeatedly insisted Neymar is on schedule, although PSG's win rate has improved from 66.7 per cent to 73.7 per cent when he has been missing this season.
Neymar close to PSG return as Pochettino takes on critics
Mauricio Pochettino hopes Neymar will soon be available to reinforce his Paris Saint-Germain side as they chase Champions League glory.The PSG head coach did not specify whether Neymar would come into contention for Sunday's home match against lowly Nantes, who sit 19th in the 20-team Ligue 1 table.
With the last-16 second leg now just five days away, the PSG coach was asked explicitly about the potential involvement of the world's most expensive footballer against his former club.
"He will not be in the squad for the match against Brest," Pochettino said on the eve of PSG's Coupe de France clash.
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"But we are very happy with his progress and we will see in the next few days if he can be part of the group for Barcelona."
Stepping up in Neymar's absence, Mbappe became just the 10th visiting player ever to score a hat-trick away at Barca – and only the second in the Champions League.
But while Neymar – long linked with a transfer back to the Blaugrana – has appeared committed to a future at PSG, speculation persists about Mbappe.
Pochettino wary of Barcelona as he continues seeking perfection at PSG
PSG lead Barcelona 4-1 ahead of their Champions League last-16 second leg but Mauricio Pochettino is not taking anything for granted.The French giants eased to a 3-0 victory over Brest in the last 32 of the Coupe de France on Saturday to make it 12 wins, one draw and two defeats in Pochettino's first two months in place at the Parc des Princes.
The World Cup winner, back from suspension on Saturday, has been involved in 32 goals in all competitions (23 goals, nine assists), the sixth-most among all players across Europe's top-five leagues in 2020-21.
Pochettino added of Mbappe: "We have a very good relationship, very natural. The club and I want him to stay.
"It's a two-way decision between the club and the player. He is a very important player for us, and we hope he will stay with us for many years to come."
Rather than Mbappe's heroics, Neymar's return or any other Champions League matters, Pochettino is focused on successfully negotiating the Brest tie.
"We have to give importance to [Saturday's] game," he said. "We only think about the Brest game. We know it's going to be a tough game.
"This is an important competition for us. Our focus is on tomorrow's game."
Danilo central defender, it goes cream with Pochettino .
Danilo Pereira turned into a central defender this Saturday with PSG. Unlike Thomas Tuchel, Mauricio Pochettino was not mocked for this choice. © Supplied by Football 365 Danilo Pereira, defender again In his time, Thomas Tuchel had innovated, to the great incomprehension of the majority. While Paris Saint-Germain had just recruited Danilo Pereira, Portuguese international midfielder, the German coach had decided to make him a regular central defender.