Trophée des Champions: reactions

Trophée des Champions

Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery challenged his team to maintain their blistering start to the season after Saturday's emphatic Trophée des Champions win over Olympique Lyonnais.


Unai Emery (PSG coach): "I have a lot of respect for Lyon, but I think we put a lot of pressure on our opponents today, and we finished off our quick counter-attacks. The team deserves the result. It was a good result, but there is a lot of tactical work still to do, and Ligue 1 will be difficult. PSG are used to winning, but the hardest thing is to keep doing it. I want an ambitious team, which must improve every day by respecting each competition. We're happy now, but we have to continue that in the league next week. The season is long, there are a lot of matches, and all the players will be important. Di Maria could have a great season and Ben Arfa can grow at PSG, but I expect the same thing of the other players, too."

Angel Di Maria (PSG midfielder): "It's never easy to win, and even more so to continue to do it. We have had an excellent pre-season. Everyone has played and everyone feels involved. It's important. We have worked a lot with the new technical staff and you can see the result on the pitch: we press more, we go forward more quickly. The coach asks a lot of us, but you can already see the result with a first trophy."

Layvin Kurzawa (PSG defender): "We won in style and by playing well, which is what the coach wants. It's a great win, we have started the season well. I think I played quite well, as did the whole team. The most important thing is that we won, and we did that with a lot of desire, which is the main thing."

Thiago Motta (PSG midfielder): "We're used to winning, and we have to keep that going. It was important to play a match like that. We showed that we can still get results even when we change our style. This year, we're going to try to improve on what we did last year, but it's too early to say whether PSG are stronger than last season. Those sorts of judgements are made at the season's end."

Bruno Génésio (Lyon coach): "We had put a lot of hopes in this game, but aside from the ten minutes before the goal, when we matched Paris, we were outclassed in every area. I had said that we were going to try and close the gap to PSG, but for the moment, the gap between PSG and us and the other teams is too big. We're going to have to learn the lessons and pick ourselves up, because we won't play a team like that every week. It's difficult to explain the defeat, because there was no suggestion we would be that fragile in defence. We forgot certain basic principles and fundamentals. We were punished each time PSG came into our half of the pitch and the margin of victory could have been bigger had PSG been more clinical."

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