Olivier Echouafni could not restrain his broad smile when approaching the press conference after the brilliant success of PSG in front of OL (1-0), Friday night at the Parc des Princes. The Parisian coach paid tribute to his players after this “remarkable” match. While warning about the euphoria that could reign: “We haven’t won anything yet.”
What is your feeling after this victory?
OLIVIER ECHOUAFNI. We finally managed to defeat Lyon in a very intense match. We were keen to achieve a great match, a great performance in this place. It was an important moment to make an impression. They made a remarkable match in self-sacrifice, the will to surpass themselves. I told them you had to be able to score. Realism has been there tonight.
What did you think of the performance of the midfielder?
It was part of the strategy. It was not easy. We had a big match against Issy (14-0 victory), I’m thinking in particular of Nadia Nadim ( Editor’s note: who had scored 7 goals ). We decided to leave with three players in the midfield. We managed to prevent their first raise. We were strong at that level. Perhaps we could have done better at the finish.
We saw the girls and the staff celebrate the victory on the pitch. Is it a strong symbol?
They have to use that. It must be a real click. But be careful, we didn’t win anything. It is a reward for the daily work of all the staff, very demanding, meticulous. Girls may have fewer complexes. They let go, gave everything to win this match. We finally succeeded! The last victory was in 2016 (Editor’s note: in the league). Tonight, they managed to do a feat. In a place that brings us luck. I hope we can play here again. We dedicate this victory to the supporters. We think about them.
What does this victory change in the rivalry between the two clubs?
We will always have to have shocks. OL is a locomotive. To follow in his footsteps, you have to hang on, not lose points along the way. We made the best start in the history of the women’s section.
We saw a fighting spirit from the start of the match.
On the mental aspect, we have to progress. Nothing better than scoring first. We set up a very good dry cleaning which worked well. They gained ground, pushed back the opponent. Lyon did not play a great game. Maybe the PSG made sure to destabilize them.
Is it also on defensive strength that you can aim for the title?
We’re not talking about a title. We have to rely on our strengths. This is our 8th game in a row without a goal. This is the work that was done by the whole group. The attackers defend. It requires races, intensity. For the rest, we will have to rely on it, that’s obvious.
How is Marie-Antoinette Katoto, exit on injury? How do you judge his match?
She took a big hit on the ankle. We will take stock tomorrow (Editor’s note: Saturday). I am proud of her. She went through difficult times. She showed that she knew how to cross the thresholds and be decisive in high level matches. She did it against Arsenal in the Champions League quarter-finals. And she does it again against Lyon, European champion. What more beautiful symbol than this goal of Mary …
The only goal of Katoto’s meeting
Did you ask your players for discipline to avoid mistakes?
The instruction was not to let them play. If you leave spaces, it doesn’t work. You had to be compact, solid. The Lyonnaises score almost 50% of their goals from set pieces… We had a strategy in place to prevent that.
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