Paris Saint-Germain won in Reims, this Sunday, for the great first of Lionel Messi (2-0). Find all the reactions of the actors of the meeting.
Mauricio Pochettino (PSG coach, Amazon Prime): “Messi? It was good ! He is still a long way from his best form but made a good entry. We expect the best from him. It was important not to take goals, in the last 3 games we have conceded a lot. PSG must cash less. We have to improve. With the physical trainer we will succeed in doing a better job, being more compact. This is our challenge. With the talent we have, that’s what we have to do. You know better than me: they are smart players, with a lot of talent and they know that only 11 players can play. The most important thing is to be fair. We have to find the best possible combination with the characteristics of the players we have. It’s a challenge that I really appreciate. Kylian? He’s our player. You know the soccer industry is full of rumors. Our president and our sports director are very clear. He is there with us. We are very happy, he is one of the best, one of the most important in the world of football. So it’s a gift to have him with us. “
Marco Verratti (PSG midfielder, Amazon Prime): “It’s a good start, that’s what we were looking for: a good start not like last year. We want to win the matches, that’s our goal. We have a lot of new ones, we still have to find the automatisms. But we are happy because these are not easy matches. Against us all the teams are playing the game of their lives. Kylian? Of course I want him to stay. We like to play with the strongest. We do not discover Kylian today. He has been scoring a lot of goals for a few years. He’s a phenomenon, we’re very happy with him ”.
“Marquinhos (PSG defender and captain, Amazon Prime): “It’s perfect and we are taking important points. Last year, these are points that we missed. These are the first matches for many of us. It is important to work on the automatisms and also the organization. It’s also good for Kylian (Mbappé), that he helps us win. Neymar is back too. And Messi who is coming into play (…) The clean sheet? It helps a lot when the whole team is doing the job. And we, the defense, we always approach the matches so as not to cash. It gives confidence. Mbappé’s future? We don’t even try to ask him. He has his goals, but if we think of us we want him to stay. And if he stays he’ll help us a lot. Our attack is magical, but it does not make others forget. It’s important to have an efficient team. The season is long. “
Yunis Abdelhamid (Reims defender, Amazon Prime): “Difficult… We had the good intentions, we tried to play high, to press them. But with this team if we miss it once they make us pay cash. When you have the slightest chance you have to score. It’s frustrating because I think we tried but we just fell against it harder. It’s a great team, afterwards I think we weren’t in such difficulty. It’s frustrating, it’s the high level. “