While on the microphone with RMC Sport (via Le10Sport), Idrissa Gueye talked about the mood within the Paris Saint-Germain locker room as the squad is a little more than a week away from the return leg against Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League at the Parc des Princes.
“The atmosphere around the club? It’s okay, we stay focused,” Gueye responded. “We try to work well in training to prepare for this return match.”
Gueye assured supporters that the team remains focused on the task at hand this season. Despite losing 2-1 to the German club in the first leg of the Round of 16 and self-harming controversy, the entire club knows what is at stake next week.
After discussing the mentality of the club, Gueye challenged his teammates to show that they are unified instead of just talking about it.
“If we are more united? We say, we say, but it will have to be shown on the ground. There are still matches to show it and go to get this qualification.”
As of now, players for Paris Saint-Germain are saying all the right things, showing they have the ability for a Remontada of their own. However, over the past few seasons, the players have talked the talk but not walked the walk.
In particular, with no Marco Verratti, Gueye is a vital figure in the midfield. Although the 30-year-old had a forgettable first leg against Dortmund, he can turn it around and perhaps replicate his home performance against Real Madrid in the group stage earlier this season.
Whether Marquinhos is in the midfield or not, Gueye and either Leandro Paredes or maybe Tanguy Kouassi will need to have a significant impact in the midfield if PSG looks to advance to the quarterfinals.
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