PSG title reactions special

Ligue 1
12/05/2013

From coach Carlo Ancelotti to substitute Sylvain Armand, Paris Saint-Germain were in seventh heaven after clinching the Ligue 1 title and can't wait to return to the capital to celebrate with their fans for the first time in 19 years.

Carlo Ancelotti (Paris Saint-Germain coach): "I'm very happy, above all because winning here in Lyon is never easy. We played a good match, a tough match. We showed that we deserve the title. It was a tough season, but after December, when the side gelled into a solid, compact unit, things went well. We deserve this title. Perhaps the switch to a 4-4-2 formation was important. It might have boosted the players' confidence, but I don't think that a formation can be the key; the players assumed their individual and collective responsibilities and improved their understanding with each other.

It's a relief, but it's true that we worked hard and well. We had a good lead atop the table and we needed to manage the situation well. Tonight, we gave everything and we won. I haven't spoken with the club about my future yet, but we have time. There are still two matches left and we will respect the league and the other teams. But the players deserve to celebrate. We can't wait to get back to Paris to party with our fans.

I was confident throughout the season because, objectively, the individual quality of our players is the highest. But it's not an easy league; there are a lot of surprises, a lot of intensity and speed. This title has the same place in my heart as the others I have won and I'm very happy to have won in France.

Our objective was to win the league and go a long way in the Champions League and the team did well to achieve this. The players worked hard and were disciplined and professional. Sometimes you can have small problems with players, but now is the moment to thanks each and every one of them, even those who didn't play much, but who respected my choices - from Ibra, who scored 30 goals [27 in Ligue 1] to [Siaka] Tiéné, who didn't play at all."

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG striker): "The supporters have been waiting a long time for this, and at last they are champions, like us. This is why I came here, to do my best and become champion of France. I am very happy. Up until two years ago, I had won eight titles in a row, and then last year I didn't win (with AC Milan). Now I am back on track. The future belongs to us, we can still do better. After winning the title like this, only God knows how far we can go. It is incredible. Paris has not won the title for such a long time. To be here at the beginning of all this, for the first title, it couldn't be better. I have two years remaining on my contract and I am a professional. I respect my contracts.

"I hope that Carlo Ancelotti will still be with us. He has done an incredible job this year and is a very good coach. He has helped me a lot and played a key role in keeping the mood in the whole team calm. It has not been an easy year. We cannot forget that we lost one of our staff, Nick (Broad, an assistant coach who died in a car accident in January). This title is for him too. That was a different time for the whole team, especially mentally, because he was very close to us. This victory is dedicated to him."

Baise Matuidi (PSG midfielder): "It wasn't easy. Everyone saw us coming. We had one objective, and that was to become champions. We did it! We've played a great season and we're very happy. Tonight is pure joy for us. It's a pure pleasure to play in this team alongside great players like Thiago Silva, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Motta. We're building an amazing team, and now we're going to celebrate it. What a relief!"

Mamadou Sakho (PSG defender, speaking to Canal+): "With the team we have this season, and the excellent atmosphere within it, being able to clinch the title in Lyon in magnificent. I remember when I was a youngster, Lyon celebrated one of their league titles on our turf, which incensed me at the time. So now it's simply magnificent. What we're experiencing right now is exceptional. We're champions again after 19 years. What more could you ask for?"

Christophe Jallet (PSG defender, speaking to Canal+): "We have worked like mad all season, but we've all had different journeys. Some of us have come back from serious adversity. We're over the moon to have won the title, and we'll celebrate it in appropriate fashion."

Sylvain Armand (PSG defender, speaking to Canal+): "This is something we've been waiting for for a long time. It's the reward for a great season. We had some tough moments, but tonight, the feeling is indescribable, especially for me. I've been waiting for it for nine years."

Salvatore Sirigu (PSG 'keeper, speaking to Canal+): "It's magnificent. We struggled at times, but this title has been won by the whole squad. It's the first league title of my career and that's a hugely important thing. Thanks so much to all the lads, we've had a great time doing it. Paris haven't won the title in 19 years, so this is an historic night. We hope that other titles will follow. And I also hope that Carlo Ancelotti will continue on with us."

Nasser Al-Khelaïfi (PSG president, speaking to Canal+): "I'm very happy and I'd like to thanks everyone, especially the supporters. Tonight is just the beginning, hopefully of a glorious new chapter in the history of PSG. I was very stressed by the challenges of Lyon and Marseille. Next season begins right now. We'll celebrate for a while with the players and the staff. My thanks to everyone for this first trophy. Concerning [coach Carlo] Ancelotti, we'll see at the end of the season. There is a season left on his contract, so in principle he should be staying. I'm very happy with him and we'll do all we can to keep him at the club."

Frédéric Thiriez (LFP president): "What a happy occasion for Paris and all the Parisians! After a 19-year wait, PSG are deserving champions. This title rewards not only their talent but their commitment and desire. Bravo also to OM, who have worked hard to be runners-up."

Bertrand Delanoë (Mayor of Paris): "I'm proud of PSG. Paris Saint-Germain have just won, for the first time in 19 years, the sought-after title of French Champions, with two matches left to play. I'm proud that PSG figure among Europe's big sides and that they will contest the prestigious Champions League for a second season in a row. My warmest and heartiest congratulations go to the players as well as Carlo Ancelotti and all the club's directors. I also tip my hat to the performance of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has topped the goal scoring charts with 27 goals so far. With Paris Saint-Germain's handball team winning the title and Paris Levallois Basket taking out the basketballing Coupe de France, Paris is shining brightly at the highest level of sport."

 

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