Marco Verratti was back from a bruise against Marseille on Wednesday against Bruges (1-0) in the Champions League, a victory that allowed PSG to qualify for the round of 16 even before the trip. Madrid, November 26th.
Are you quite happy with the win or disappointed with the overall benefit?
MARCO VERRATTI. We are more happy with the victory, it was important because it allows us to fulfill the first goal: to reach the 8th finals. We are less happy with the service. In the first half, after ten minutes, we managed to play high, to find spaces. Second, it was harder, but we stayed together. We can thank Keylor (Navas), who saves us. We played four games, we did not take a goal, it's not by chance.
With Navas, the PSG seems to be able to aim higher …
The goalkeeper is a very important position because he can change the fate of a match. Instead of the draw, we leave with the victory. Keylor does not need to be introduced. He arrived in Paris after winning three league champions. He is an extraordinary guardian. We are very happy. He has a great personality and it shows in these meetings.
Icardi also had a decisive role. What do you think of him ?
I am very much the championship of Italy and I knew him very well. He is a player who plays to score. He is not there to touch the ball constantly. He is a great attacker.
With what state of mind will you play in Madrid?
We will go without pressure to Madrid. We can concentrate to enjoy this nice game, for us and for everyone, and win it.
A week after the defeat in Dijon, a trip to Brest awaits you on Saturday. Are you afraid of the trap?
I like football and it's impossible not to give me 100%. It can happen, a game in sixty, where we are not really in and where we can lose against all the teams. But that must not happen often. Everyone must understand that no match is easy.
VIDEO. PSG – Bruges (1-0): "A small victory and a qualification"