The Parisian coach expresses his satisfaction after the victory of his team in the Champions Trophy, Wednesday, in Lens, against OM.
At the Félix-Bollaert stadium
OM best team according to Villas-Boas : “In general, I don’t want to judge what my colleagues say. Everyone has his own opinion. In the C1 final (with Tottenham in 2019), we had a good match (but Spurs lost to Liverpool, editor’s note). But this kind of match, you have to win them, and I think we clearly deserved this victory. ”
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First title as a coach : “I am happy. I want to thank the players in the first place, Leonardo and Nasser (Al-Khelaïfi) for the opportunity to be here at PSG, but also Thomas Tuchel and his staff because if we were there, it is also because ‘they had won titles. “
Mauro Icardi : “I’m happy to have more players, we are getting players back little by little. I’m very happy with what he did, just as I’m happy with Moise (Kean). They have different characteristics. But with the matches we have to play, having these players is good. ”
Progress : “We are seeing progress in different sectors, on which we are emphasizing. After 12 days of work with matches in the middle, we feel progress and it is also thanks to the intelligence and the capacity of adaptation, of assimilation of the players. And we are very happy with it. ”
“It’s the first title, and suddenly it will always remain something special”
Pochettino very calm at the stand : “We have already celebrated with the staff and the players in the locker room. It is true that this is the first trophy. But as a coach, we always anticipate and in this case we think about the future and the Angers match. We will now focus on the championship, we have to win to come back to the front. It’s the first title, and suddenly it will always remain something special. “
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The match and the satisfactions : “I’m happy with everything! The emotional part is part of it. I am very happy with the way the group approached this match after the first duel between the two teams, in September. The group has shown significant control and maturity. ”
Neymar unflappable : “We talked with all the players about how to approach this kind of match, a derby, a match that everyone wants to play, but you have to stay in control of your emotions. It’s the kind of game we like to play. I’m very happy with the way the team approached this game, the way they played. ”
Winning against OM : “I felt a huge emotion, it’s hard to find words to express what I feel. It’s special: with all the staff, at Espanyol, Southampton and Tottenham, we shared so much, we came close to the titles. After such a short time, winning one is amazing and very emotional. Doing it in a club like PSG, where I spent several years (between 2001 and 2003, as a player, editor’s note) and which made me a better person, a better player, it further reinforces this satisfaction. “
Interview at a press conference
Like Mauricio Pochettino (see elsewhere), Marquinhos had a thought for Thomas Tuchel after the Parisian victory in the Champions Trophy on Wednesday against OM (2-1). “We thank (Thomas) Tuchel for what he did for us, and especially for me,” said the captain of PSG at the microphone of Canal+. I have made good progress with him. He showed me a new level of football that even I didn’t think I would achieve. I’m happy with it. Now it’s a new step for me, for PSG and our new coach. ” A new coach praised by “Marqui”: “New coach, new philosophy, there are changes. Little by little, he tries to implement these changes. It’s not always easy to change your coach during the season like that because you don’t have too much time to work, to implement this philosophy. He is an exceptional coach, he talks a lot with the players and he explains what he wants. ” Recruited in 2013, Marquinhos, 26, played his 300th game on Wednesday evening under the colors of Paris Saint-Germain.