Presnel Kimpembe had not walked the lawns since his contracted left thigh injury on December 7 in Montpellier. After more than a month of absence, the Parisian defender rejoiced at his successful return and the 4-1 victory won by PSG against Monaco, Wednesday, January 15.
Did PSG have the ambition to set the record straight after Sunday’s 3-3 draw?
PRESNEL KIMPEMBE. Yes of course. Sunday was a complicated game for us. Even if Monaco was good, it was important to us to come back here and bring back the three points. We are competitors, we had a revenge spirit and the desire to set the record straight.
What made the difference between the two games?
No match is the same. We prepared the match well, it was good for us.
We talk a lot about 4-4-2 and the involvement of the Fantastic Four. Does this debate annoy you?
No, but to show that there is precisely no debate, we disregard everything that is said. The coach aligns the players he wants and we are on the field to show what we can do and work as a team as we have done since the start of the season.
One month before the eighth finals of the Champions League, does a match like this allow Paris to send messages to Europe?
No, we are not there to send messages to anyone, but to work. We take each match one by one. Sunday is Lorient … We still have a lot to play before facing Dortmund. We have time to prepare for this match.
Your coach complained about the schedules of PSG matches. Considering your performances, 9 pm seems to be your hour…
(Laughter). We are pros, we do this job because we like it, so we take the games as they come.
Absent since December, you did not seem to suffer from lack of rhythm this evening?
(Taquin) Well no, I worked anyway, I was not on vacation. I worked hard to get back to the top and I am all the more happy to do so and to be able to help the team regain the victory.
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Is it better to resume in a match with such adversity?
It goes back into the bath right away. These are types of high intensity matches, with great players, it means being at the level right away.