Two years later, the Belgian club will again face the Parisian stars in the Champions League. But this time, there will be even more stars in the ranks of Ile-de-France. Happy to compete against the Rouge-et-Bleu, the people of Bruges do not want to suffer without doing anything.
Two years after Kylian Mbappé’s 5-0 and hat-trick, Paris Saint-Germain is back in Bruges. Often cited among the favorites, the club of the capital is even more talked about this year since the summer transfer window. Today, everyone is rushing to the gate to see Mauricio Pochettino’s men at work. An interest that will even be increased tenfold since tomorrow night, the Argentine coach should align for the very first time the magic trio Messi-Neymar-Mbappé. Observers and media are therefore all impatient. But what about Club Brugge players? Systematically asked about Parisian stars, are Philippe Clement’s men tired of hearing about Parisians?
” It’s normal. We play against the biggest stars from all over the world. We remain humble. We agree to play against the strongest in the world. The only thing we can do is do our best and come up with a plan. We respect the opponent, it’s up to us to do our job. If you are in the hallway before the game and you think about the opponent, you have already lost the game. I’m proud to be on the pitch tomorrow and proud to play against this kind of player. It’s fun to play against PSG and their stars, but you don’t win anything if you’re right there. There is no nervousness, but rather excitement about playing against PSG. It will probably be the strongest attack I have played against, but I have already played against a lot of forwards who are strong. A match is played as a team and not only with the three attackers ”, said goalkeeper Simon Mignolet this afternoon at a press conference.
“The team that comes tomorrow is from a different level than Real Madrid”
As for coach Philippe Clement, he hopes his men will be able to repeat the exploits achieved in 2019, when his team was in the same pool as PSG and Real Madrid. After conceding the 5-0 against the Parisians, Bruges went to win the point of the draw at the Santiago Bernabéu (2-2, Bruges even led 2-0 at half-time) and only lost one goal. to zero on the lawn of the Park in the second leg. “This is the first time for many players that they will face world-class players. But each player has two arms and two legs. We don’t just talk to the players on match day. It is clear that the team that comes tomorrow is from a different level than Real (in 2019). It’s really interesting for the whole group, all the players. This is the moment everyone has dreamed of: playing against the best. My players have already proven things in the Champions League. Tomorrow, it will be a new opportunity to prove “.
And when asked by a French journalist if he already has a plan in mind to thwart the Parisian fire attack, Clement smiled. “Belgian journalists started laughing because they know I never reveal my plans. We’re not going to stay in our 16 meters for 90 minutes. The goal is still to score goals. We worked as much on defense as on attack. We cannot do the same (as in the league). But I have players who are convinced that they can do things with the ball. We have to find a balance on the pitch, but it depends on the opponent. I want a team that is convinced of its qualities from the first second, not just focused on the opponent and engaged with our supporters to make a great night. “ The message got through.