Beaten for the first time this season in Ligue 1, in Rennes just before the break (0-2), PSG will try to resume its forward march, this Friday at the Park, against the Angevins. This match should allow the Parisians to prepare well for the reception of Leipzig four days later in the Champions League. He could mark the return to Juan Bernat’s squad, more than a year after his last official match. On the other hand, Sergio Ramos has still not resumed collective training. And his debut in the Parisian jersey is long overdue …
Will Juan Bernat be in the squad this Friday?
MAURICIO POCHETTINO. He’s doing well, he’s been training normally for a fortnight. We have not yet given the list of players summoned, but there are possibilities.
Do you have the conviction that Sergio Ramos will come back 100% and how is he living this period?
I have no doubt that he will regain all of his abilities. It is certain that a soccer player always wants to play, he suffers from not being able to play at the moment. He is a mentally strong player, he has the support of the club and the staff.
Colin Dagba is it the natural lining of Achraf Hakimi at the post of right side?
Colin has recovered well. He has been training with the group for a few weeks. We saw his very good performances last season, like against Bayern. He is a young player with great potential, whom we appreciate a lot. In this position, we also have Nathan Bitumazala who comes from the training center and Thilo Kehrer who can play on the left or in the central axis.
How did you speak to your group after the defeat in Rennes just before the break?
As soon as the match ended in Rennes, the players left with their national teams. There have been discussions with some here. We have to analyze the defeats, it was an accident. Here in Paris we don’t like defeats and we hope it won’t happen again.
“Neymar demonstrates his passion every day”
Can the overloaded international schedule have an impact on the balance of Ligue 1 knowing that you will be deprived of the South Americans especially this Friday?
We are living through difficult times, special moments with the Covid-19. The situations are not always normal… We have to adapt, it is not always easy and we are frustrated not to have the players available for tomorrow’s match. We have no excuses to have. We have a large squad and we believe that the players who will be on the field will also be able to achieve a good performance.
How did you take the recent Neymar statements ?
I explained it yesterday during an interview in Spain, Neymar is a sincere boy, who does not hide his feelings. He has very strong mental strength. From an early age, he has been in the spotlight, his news is highly publicized. But he shows it every day, he’s a very smiling person who loves football.
Is his envy really still intact?
Without a doubt. He demonstrates his passion every day.
Can you give us any news about Keylor Navas, who got injured last night? Can we fear a package for Leipzig?
Keylor has not yet returned. As soon as he is there, he will be examined. We are in contact with him. He felt discomfort (Editor’s note: in the adductor). We hope it was more as a precaution that it came out than anything else.
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