Carlo Ancelotti was presented to the world this afternoon as the new Coach of Paris Saint-Germain and revealed his excitement about the project.
Earlier on in the day, the club released a statement confirming the departure of Antoine Kombouare. It must be noted what a wonderful job ‘Tony’ did during his two year tenure, leading the club to the top of Ligue 1 for the winter break. Not forgetting his vigorous work last season that almost culminated in Champions League qualification. Merci Antoine.
Today was indeed a significant step in the future of the club. Implementing a world renown Coach is not only monumental for PSG but for French football as a whole. A marquee names such as Ancelotti has the whole world talking and will certainly be keeping tabs on his task in hand.
Arriving to the presser with a broad smile and his infamous eyebrow perching in the spotlight, the Italian first delivered a few lines in French before undertaking his conference in Italian and English.
Signing a two and half year deal – as speculated – he answered questions from the press.
Quotes courtesy of the club’s Official Site:
Speaking on his up taking of the job; “My English experience at Chelsea I loved but with PSG there is the possibility of something great. All the conditions exist to take advantage of my experience. The club has huge ambitions and I am very excited about this project. My work will focus on the field, of course, and in exchange with the players. The transfer window will open very soon and there will be decisions of the General Staff of the club to take and we will all agree 100% on these issues.”
On his backroom staff; “I will work with Giovanni Mauri, a physical trainer who had accompanied me in my experiences at AC Milan and Chelsea. I will rely also on Claude Makelele, who is one of my assistants. As for physical trainers and goalkeeping coach who worked with Antoine Kombouare, they will stay with me.”
On Makelele; “He is a former great player of PSG that will give us the benefit of his rich experience. He will, I think, communicate with players, especially since he knows the environment of the club. I am delighted to have him by my side. “
On Leonardo; “We have always had excellent relations, one of friendship between us. It is a pleasure to realise our work and our relationship will facilitate my integration. We have common responsibilities, faced with a challenge and that challenge is exciting. The goal is to play a major role together on the European stage.”
On his gameplan; “I’m not going to change everything. I take in hand a team at the top of Ligue 1. I therefore turn to bring my knowledge and get an idea of the behaviour of my players. I want to be based on a solid foundation, we defend well, but PSG has a lot of strong individuals, especially offensively. My idea of football is to be offensive, producing a dynamic game, fun, but mostly effective.”
On transfers; “We will use this period to strengthen the team in some areas. I will not give any names, but the common desire with the management team is to improve and what can be done to move in this direction will be. I have kept an excellent relationship with many of my former players but we will focus on all this in a few days, especially with Leo.”
On past experiences; “Leaving Italy and Milan, I discovered new customs, new atmospheres in England with Chelsea. I think I have ended my adventures in these two clubs with an honourable record and that’s what I intend to do by coming here in Paris. The fact that I lead outside to mature and discover a new country held me to my heart. I am delighted to begin this new adventure.”
First impressions on Camp des Loges; “It’s not the largest training centre, but everything in terms of facilities and infrastructure work to the best conditions and meet the objectives.”
Thoughts on Ligue 1; “Technically and tactically, Ligue 1 and Serie A have common features – unlike the Premier League, where the game is more open. This does not mean that the championship of France is less interesting because it is a matter of finding the balance between the strength of the team’s offense and defensive solidity. The aim, I repeat, will be for the club to grow nationally, but also on the continent.”
His goals at his new club; “Priority is to participate in the Champions League next season. The team should be competitive and effective in Europe in the near future. We are currently leading the rankings, we intend to remain there until the end of the current year and grow over the matches. Improving every day, it will be the key to my work.”