Dupraz: 'Verratti exceptional but Poulsen my best player!'
Toulouse FC coach Pascal Dupraz is into his fifth season as a Ligue 1 Conforama coach. Great escapes with Evian-Thonon-Gaillard FC and Le Téfécé sit proudly on his CV, but they're not the 55-year-old's only fond memories…
Talking to The Ligue 1 Show on beIN SPORTS, Dupraz spilled the beans on beating Paris Saint-Germain, the best goal he has seen, and why Christian Poulsen his favourite player…
…his best moment: "There are several, but reaching the Coupe de France final was great. We won 4-0 against an FC Lorient side coached by the illustrious Christian Gourcuff. But every time I step out onto a Ligue 1 Conforama pitch it's a good memory. Every time I sit in the dugout. Just being here is a good memory for me. Not many expected me to get here, to be a Ligue 1 Conforama coach, but I've overseen a quite a number of games now."
…his worst memory: "My worst memory is getting kicked out of Evian - a club that my family and I worked hard for. It was hard to accept."
…his favourite goal: "Saber Khalifa from 64 metres (210 feet) out for Evian against OGC Nice, at the Parc des Sports in Annecy. Yes that was a fine goal!"
…the best atmosphere: "With Evian I'd say when we beat PSG. It was an exceptional moment and there was a great atmosphere in the Parc des Sports. And here in Toulouse, when the stadium is full, when I'm in my technical area here and the crowd sings 'Toulousain! Toulousain! Toulousain!' you can feel the ground shaking. It's a fantastic stadium - especially when it's full of Toulouse fans."
…the best player: "Christian Poulsen at Evian. I didn't coach him but I signed him. He changed the way his teammates trained, right from the first session. He knew exactly what he was capable of doing - and he only did what he was capable of doing."
…his toughest opponent: "I find [Marco] Verratti exceptional, and I love his grit. But there are plenty: [Jean] Seri is good, [Mario] Balotelli isn't bad when he decides to run! Thiago - the two Thiagos [Silva and Motta], they're wonderful players. Ligue 1 Conforama has an awful lot of good players."
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