This Thursday, Paris Saint-Germain inherited a strong group with Manchester City, RB Leipzig and Club Bruges in the Champions League draw. An adversity greeted with pleasure by coach Mauricio Pochettino and President Nasser Al-Khelafi.
Nasser Al-Khelafi was happy with this draw.
Nasser Al-Khelafi appeared in front of the media with a big smile. And yet, this Thursday, the draw for the group stage of the Champions League was not necessarily closed with Paris Saint-Germain.
In group A, the club from the French capital will have to rub shoulders with Manchester City, RB Leipzig and Club Bruges.
Reunions and beautiful oppositions
On paper, this is a pretty good hen! The reigning English champion was the unfortunate finalist of the last edition and was precisely the executioner of the Parisians in the semi-finals (1-2, 0-2) last year. Then, the vice-champion of Germany is now used to compete in this competition and represents a serious customer. We obviously remember the semi-final won (3-0) by PSG against RBL in the Final 8 Lisbon in 2020, but also the two confrontations (1-0, 1-2) during the group stage 2020-2021. Finally, the Belgian champion embodies the Little Thumb of this group and has also already crossed the path of PSG (0-5, 0-1) in C1 during the 2019-2020 financial year.
And despite this great adversity, the Parisian president was therefore rather happy. A raised group? Of course, this is the draw for the Champions League! It’s a very high level, the best competition in the world for clubs, so that’s normal. If we really want to go far in this competition, we need to win every game, to work hard. I think this group is a good thing to work with great motivation. The club seeks this level of quality in the matches, we love to play in such posters, it is not easy so you have to work, confided Al-Khelafi, with a smile, for beIN Sports.
A real notion of pleasure
Despite this satisfaction displayed, PSG will not have the right to make mistakes in this pool. Considered one of the big favorites of this competition after an XXL summer recruitment, the vice-champion of France will come under great pressure. But like its president, Ile-de-France coach Mauricio Pochettino wants to insist on the notion of pleasure with superb posters in perspective.
I am so happy. When you play this kind of competition, all teams are good. We must respect all of our adversaries. The most important thing is to be ready when the competition starts. (…) It’s always important to win all the matches, to be first in our group. This will be our goal, assured the Argentinian technician on Twitch. Start of hostilities on September 14 or 15!
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