Despite four months of confinement in the legs and soaring temperatures to face, the players of Paris Saint-Germain and OL put on a farewell show for the BKT League Cup on Friday evening.
Relentless training and racing were not enough to decide the game in regulation time, nor extra time, and that’s how the stoppage of PSG goalkeeper Bertrand Traore won the day.
Tuchel: “A huge success”
PSG have thus completed the third quadruple – Trophée des Champions, Ligue 1 Uber Eats, Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue BKT – in club history and in France, a fact that delighted the club’s coach. the capital Tuchel.
“My guys are reliable guys who play, love to work and suffer together. It makes me very happy. I’m proud and happy, ”said the German after the domestic net. “We haven’t lost focus, the desire to win or our confidence. We won on penalties and that counts for a lot. We have won all four of these titles, and there is a good atmosphere in the locker room. And I’m very happy because everyone thinks it’s good to win, but it’s not that easy. To win four titles is a huge achievement and I’m happy. ”
Garcia: “Able to compete with the best teams”
Meanwhile, Tuchel’s counterpart Rudi Garcia was also a proud man – albeit a little more wary – after his players put in a great performance against the country’s most powerful club.
“We could have been a bit more specific on a few transitions and caused a few more issues. But the penalties are a technical exercise and they were better than us, ”said Garcia, whose only route to Europe next season is to win the champions. League – starting with the second leg of their eighth game against Juventus on August 7 (1-0 victory for Lyon in the first leg). “In terms of the learning experience, it gave the team confidence. We show that we are able to compete with the best teams in Europe, if not the best… I want to congratulate my players for a good performance. We made very few mistakes. It’s a good starting point before the Juventus clash. ”
Verratti: “Three finals to win”
As Italian midfielder Marco Verratti – named Man of the Match for his tireless mid-park performance against Lyon – noted, Paris now have a huge challenge in the form of their UEFA Champions quarter-final. League against Atalanta in Lisbon on August 12.
” We are happy. It was a tough game and that’s normal because it was a final against a good team. Winning a final like that and suffering is good. 120 minutes was difficult after the four-month break, and it wasn’t. the best game, ”said the midfielder maestro before turning to Europe’s biggest club prize. “We will celebrate a bit and then we will think about the rest. We still have three finals to win. We have already won two, there are three left. We will rest and try to prepare for Lisbon. “Verratti:”