The new Parisian coach recalls the demonstration of his players in Clermont on Saturday evening (0-5), during the first day of Ligue 1.
The satisfactions : “The way we kept a high tempo, the way we put intensity to get the ball back as quickly as possible and that, regardless of the ball carrier’s zone, is a satisfaction. There was a lot of reaction to the loss of the ball. We insist on this, my staff and I talk a lot about it with the players. Whether it’s the game against Nantes or this one, he’s very good in that area. It’s only two games…»
The concept of pleasure : “Football is a game, by definition, when you play, you have to have fun. But the pleasure can only be present if everyone plays in unison, that everyone makes the effort for each other. There is a way of attacking, with the individual quality of these great players, that makes the technical sequences very good… even if we were more wasted than we should have been at certain moments. But then, there is also this desire to work together, to show that we are there, not relaxed. When you have this ability to want to play together on a technical level, to play for each other, but also (he insists) to make the efforts and compensations for each other, the notion of pleasure is there. We still have to work on it, but we always have to keep in mind that there must be no slack, whatever the game, whatever the score.»
When Messi is partnered with Mbappé, there will be more attacking power.
Lionel Messi : “I negotiated with Leo in Japan and the entire attack sector to make sure he could perform all the time. He has a very sharp tactical sense, very clear, he has culture, he sees quickly where he needs to be. How he defends, how he positions himself to play with each other… He’s in an area that he likes and he likes to play with the players around him. When Leo smiles, of course the team smiles too. is he back I was not surprised by his gesture, but I appreciated the goal. You know, Leo has been playing at a very high level for 17 years. He had a bit of a rough season in 2021-22. We had to acclimatise, there was the change of life… All the previous seasons, it was 30 goals at least. Since he has made a complete preparation, he is oriented in terms of his family life, but also the club, the team, his partners, there is no reason why Leo should not do a great job. When paired with Kylian, there will be more offensive power. We will have to find the best possible direction for our offensive sector to be efficient with each other.»
The lofters (those players who are part of a second training group) : “There is what labor law and the LFP allow us. During this transfer period, we can cut the group in two if we feel the need. Players who participate in the afternoon sessions know exactly what their situation is. They are professional players, we have to respect them. It’s not easy for them. We’ll see if they manage to find a project that suits them or if they want to stay.»
Pablo Sarabia : “He played a lot in the absence of Kylian Mbappé in the Champions Trophy (suspended) and at Clermont (adductors). He is coming off a great season (on loan at Sporting CP, editor’s note), is a Spanish international and has the ambition to participate in the World Cup. But I’m happy with what he’s doing.»
Warren Zaire-Emery, the youngest player in PSG history : “She is a young woman (16 years old) who seems to have a lot of maturity. He already loves football, his job, he loves the club. Throughout the season we have talked about it with the club management, the sports management, to give hope to our young players, telling them that they can play for PSG. PSG’s training is of quality. Everything I have seen in Japan and in the last few weeks it seemed like it was time to give him the first minutes. He will remember it all his life. The game was almost over. I am very happy for him and I know he is very happy. It is also a strong signal given to our training.»
Statements made in a press conference