Paris Saint-Germain captain Mamadou Sakho spoke to the press at Camp des Loges yesterday on a variety of topics. The Frenchman spoke on the team’s result against Montpellier, his partnership in central defence with Alex and the upcoming game against Olympique Lyonnais this Saturday.
(Quotes courtesy of the club’s Official Site.)
Sakho on the 2-2 draw with Montpellier last Sunday; “I think the overriding feeling is that we reacted well and showed great pride to equalise late on. We were playing at home and it’s important to play well. It was a very difficult match against a very organised Montpellier side, but at the end of the day, we’re still leading Ligue 1. Everyone expects us to win every match, it’s not as simple as that. We’re focused on our own matches and we’ll judge our season at the end. We’ve had a good break after a big game and we attacking this new week of training with plenty of motivation before the game away to Lyon.”
Sakho on his partnership with Alex in the heart of defence; “It’s working pretty well. He’s got plenty of experience and brings a certain serenity to the backline and the whole team and he also has a great shot on him, as his free-kick showed last weekend. On the pitch, you work together so there has to be a good relationship with your partner, no matter which position you play. I adapt to whoever I’m playing with so that the duo works as well as possible.”
Sakho on the upcoming game against Lyon and how the squad are approaching it; “We’re travelling to Lyon with a winning attitude and looking to come home with the victory. We’ll be up against a Champions League team, with a lot of quality players, a lot of international players, capable of making the difference in a match of football. It’s in these types of matches that we can measure our progress. It’s good to have another big game after last weekend. We do this job for the joy of playing in games like this. The whole squad is very excited about this weekend’s trip.”
Finally, the skipper was asked if he felt the sprint to the finish for the Ligue 1 title is on; “No, it hasn’t started yet, it’s still a long-distance affair with 13 matches to play and all our future opponents are going to be hard to beat. The championship can still change a lot and teams can still throw their hat into the ring. As for us, we’re improving as a team. With each passing game, we’ll see a PSG side getting better and better.”
Be sure to catch the preview on this weekend’s match tomorrow morning!