We have our entire squad available except Neymar – Emery
Paris Saint-Germain Manager, Unai Emery has informed reporters that the team has no new injury worries as he named a strong squad to face the reigning Champions, Real Madrid as they hope to rescind a 3-1 deficit in the second leg of the Round of 16 ties. Kylian Mbappe, Marco Verrati, Edinson Cavani, Marquinhos and Javier Pastore were all declared fit for the clash. However, the Paris club will have to do without their talisman, Neymar who is recovering from an ankle surgery after suffering an ankle problem in a league game a few days ago. Emery will surely have to put his trust in his other stars for any hope of success. The Spanish tactician stated during his pre-match conference that everybody apart from the Brazil international would be ready to play and the Ligue 1 leaders’ final training session has proved him right.
“We trained on Sunday, and we have one more session before the match,” Emery told journalists at Parc des Princes on Monday. “Marquinhos, Marco, Kylian and Edinson have all resumed training with the squad, unlike Javier. “I hope he will train with the team today. If he does, everyone will be available except for Neymar.” “Neymar, 26, is recovering well after the surgery on his fractured fifth metatarsal, but Mbappe has shaken off an ankle problem and Marquinhos a thigh issue.” “Cavani, Verratti and Pastore have all returned after being rested for last weekend’s 2-0 win away at Troyes in Ligue 1.”
Paris Saint Germain Manager, Unai Emery has stated that he is unconcerned with speculations regarding his future at the Paris club as he is only living in the moment. Chelsea Manager, Antonio Conte has been tipped to be one of the leading potential replacement for the Spanish Manager alongside former Chelsea Manager, Andre Villas-Boas, who had worked with PSG sporting director Antero Henrique at their time at Porto and former Manchester City Manager, Roberto Mancini. While speaking at a press conference ahead of his side’s trip to Lyon, Emery insisted that he is not troubled about his future and he is only focused on enjoying each moment as they come. He said: “It’s true that I don’t think of the future, I’m very happy here, and it’s a personal challenge for me. “I’m focusing on my work each and every day so that I can make the most of everything. “Every game at the Parc [des Princes] is huge, I see it as a privilege. I really want to do great things here. I am calm.” Meanwhile, Roberto Mancini earlier today confirmed that he has never been contacted by Paris Saint Germain although he did say “I would like to coach PSG and it is possible, why not? Today they have a good coach who works well but in football, you never know.”
PARIS — Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery declared his happiness at his team’s performance from an organisational point of view in the 2-0 home win over Troyes in Ligue 1 on Wednesday.
The French capital outfit left it late but Neymar and Edinson Cavani goals were the difference at Parc des Princes.
Speaking after the final whistle, Emery declared himself satisfied that ultimately the hosts’ quality shone through.
“We were up against a side that defended very well,” Emery said. “They caused us plenty of problems.
“It was a good challenge for us — we are always looking to improve. Winning matches easily can sometimes lead to false sense of security.
“Today we were tactically smart. We showed patience. We started well but just could not find that final ball. We had to answer the challenge and we did that in the end.”
Cavani’s goal means that he now has 17 from the first 15 matches in Le Championnat this season, the first time that has been done since Olympique de Marseille’s Josip Skoblar back in 1970-71.
The Uruguay international acknowledged Troyes’ disciplined and organised display but felt a rotated PSG side still merited all three points.
“The most important thing was to win this match,” Cavani said. “We have extended our lead at the top of the table.
“It was a very tough game because Troyes were tactically perfect. It is a great win for us that will help us improve.
“The entire squad is ready to do their bit for the team but it is also normal that certain players lack a bit of rhythm when you are not playing regularly.”
Goalkeeper Kevin Trapp was one of those fringe players lacking a bit of match fitness, but he still kept a clean sheet and made a few impressive saves in the process.
“I was very happy to be back on the pitch but the most important thing was that the team won,” the Germany international said. “It was a very difficult match.
“Troyes defended very deep and very well. It was not easy to find a way through but in the end, our attacking quality won the day.
“It is an important result. Now we have a 10-point lead over Marseille in second place.”
Giovani Lo Celso also got a chance to impress in midfield and although the combination of him, Marco Verratti and Javier Pastore did not work that well, the Argentina international was thankful for his chance.
“It was a really hard-fought win over a side that afforded us very little space,” Lo Celso said. “They had some very quick players in attack so we had to be careful.
“We did not manage to score early and the longer it went on, the harder it got. We opened the scoring with a beautiful goal.
“The most important thing is that the team won. I am one of the players knocking on the door for a starting role. I was lucky enough to play tonight and I tried to give my best for the team.”
Next up for PSG is a trip to Strasbourg, where Emery is expected to rotate his squad again before Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League next week.
Jonathan Johnson covers PSG and the French national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @Jon_LeGossip.