A shock after the relapse. This is what awaits Paris Saint-Germain, this Saturday at 5 p.m., as part of the 12th day of Ligue 1. Leader of the Championship, the capital club, will in fact try to relaunch on the field of the Stade de Reims, fourth, after losing ground on Italian soil, against AC Milan (1-2), last Tuesday. Luis Enrique, present in front of the journalists, was logically expected to justify this new away defeat. As a reminder, PSG have only two wins (Juventus and Maccabi Haifa) away from home in their last eleven C1 matches.
A starving record that logically questions club observers. Asked about this vulnerability outside the Parc des Princes, the Spanish technician first dismissed speculation about the group’s state of mind when moving outside. ‘I don’t agree with what you’re saying. We are a team that never speculates, home or away. We’re going to face our opponent, it’s my idea, I’m not saying it’s necessarily the best, but I’m not going to change it.‘, assured the former coach of La Roja before justifying, according to him, what allows his protégés to show a better face at home.
Luis Enrique defends his environment!
“It’s much more fun to play at home, with our audience of course. Our idea of playing at home means that we may be taking more risks. But the playing field is the same size. I don’t see why the playing style should change. We have to play the same way and we did that. There is not a single away match in which PSG was not competitive. We can be more efficient and do better, but the idea hasn’t changed.”. Relying on his strength and his players, the ex-Barça coach also defended himself against emerging criticism around the Parisian environment, dominant in Ligue 1 but sometimes overwhelmed against the European big names (Newcastle, AC Milan).
“The same circles played in the Parc des Princes as in San Siro. We won 3-0 and no one asked us if the players lacked experience. It’s the same players, same backgrounds. I am very happy with the team. I don’t think about whether they are young or experienced. I am very happy with their level”, notably declared the new strongman of PSG, visibly not concerned about the performances of Manuel Ugarte, Warren Zaire-Emery or even Fabian Ruiz (who entered the match in the 60th) against the Rossoneri. In conclusion and before another dangerous trip to the field at Stade de Reims, very successful at the beginning of the season (6 wins, 2 draws, 3 defeats), Luis Enrique wanted to send a message to his players despite everything to avoid another misstep that would cause damage.
“It is clear that the previous result determines the next match. We have to change the mentality, go from the Champions League to Ligue 1. We must analyze the points to improve and put forward new ideas. It is one of the best sides of 2023 in Ligue 1. This means that it is a team that is well established and has a clear idea. We will see tomorrow what has been prepared for us. We will see how we can adapt, but it will be difficult. Of course we don’t expect a simple or quiet match. It will be a very intense, complicated match. I think clearly we have to be focused not to be surprised.”. The speech is clear, it now remains to apply it to the lawn of Auguste-Delaune, with the risk that new criticism will erupt in the coming days…