SoccerPSG now wants to “leave aside individualities”
In an interview with AFP, Pablo Sarabia explained that the Parisians no longer count on the individual talent of players to win trophies.
The PSG, in reconstruction, now intends to “leave aside individualities” and emphasize the “collective” and “discipline”, explains Friday, in an interview with AFP, the Spanish winger Pablo Sarabia, not scared by the competition in attack against the Messi-Neymar-Mbappé trio.
– You were on loan at Sporting Portugal. In what state of mind do you return to PSG?
– “I had a very good season at Sporting Portugal, I had a lot of fun. I continued to improve a lot as a player and at the moment I feel that I am in the best period of my career, with a lot of confidence. Last season, I achieved my goal, which was to feel good, to continue to grow.”
– The competition will be tough in attack at PSG with the Mbappé-Messi-Neymar trio. Do you think you can fit in there?
– “The most important thing for a team is to have 15, 16, 17 players ready to play, at the same level, because there are a lot of matches. Everyone is going to be needed, so I’ll be ready for that. There will be matches that I will start as a starter, there will be other matches in which I will start as a substitute. But I think you have to be ready.”
– Didn’t the idea of leaving the club this summer cross your mind?
– “It was clear to me that I wanted to go home and I’m very happy to be here, to have done my job and to be able to continue to progress. I think I can bring things, work, enthusiasm, goals, assists. I will do everything to help the team, which is the most important thing to win titles.
– A new sporting direction has arrived at PSG, with new rules and requirements based on discipline. Do you think it’s important to be competitive?
– “I think that in any job, discipline and rules are important. It is good that there is this discipline, these rules, it is necessary for a good cohabitation and to form a good group. I think it will be good for everyone. We have to do everything we can, with effort in training, to achieve the objectives of the team and the club, which wants to win all the titles (…) We have to build a good group, leave aside the individualities, because the most important thing is the collective. We see it every year, the teams that are the most united, that do more things together, that are prepared to face the bad times of a season, are the ones that end up winning titles.
– Did you know the new coach Christophe Galtier before? What do you think of his working methods?
– “Yes, I have known him since his season at the head of Lille (crowned champion in 2020/21, editor’s note) then in Nice. The first impression is good, he wants to play ball, the confidence is good and I think he is a coach who will bring us a lot of good things.
– What is PSG missing to finally shine in the Champions League?
– “I don’t know what’s missing, but what I do know is that a good working environment, having a good squad, having a good coach like us, being organized tactically, having the same game idea, these are important things to win titles and the Champions League, which is clearly our objective. We will give everything to be able to achieve this.”
– Is the extension of Kylian Mbappé’s contract a good sign in this sense?
– “That didn’t surprise me. He is happy here and it shows every day. He is still the same (…) We are very happy that he stayed with us, for the player he is and the person he is. I think it’s a step that brings us closer to winning the Champions League. But then you have to work hard to get there.”
– Lionel Messi’s first year in Paris was difficult. Do you think he will bounce back this season?
– “Everyone sees what kind of player he is. He is an incredible player and we hope he will be as happy as possible, so that he can demonstrate it and offer us this game that he knows how to play.
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