Thilo Kehrer was one of the players from the Paris Saint-Germain squad to leave the French capital due to COVID-19 and head to their respective countries, which in Kehrer’s case is Germany.
During the stoppage in football, Kehrer was interviewed by both RMC Sport and BeIN Sports (via Culture PSG) and discussed manager Thomas Tuchel, the effect the pandemic has on potentially finishing out the season, and the win against Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League back on March 11.
Despite players scattered across the world while under quarantine, Tuchel continues to keep in contact with all of them, the 23-year-old said. Although the German coach can’t physically be with the squad, he does talk to them from time to time about the importance of staying fit and in good health.
After, Kehrer touches on the subject as to whether or not the 2019-20 season will reach its conclusion. The PSG right-back does wonder if they’ll be able to complete the campaign but mentions that there are more pressing matters at hand.
“We are wondering. We wonder if we are going to end the season when we are going to start again,” Kehrer said. “But for all of us, football is not the priority for the health of the people right now. The most important thing is to beat the virus, to control the situation, and then we can think about playing soccer again.”
The last topic Kehrer talked about with the media was the dramatic return leg against Dortmund in which PSG was able to overcome a 2-1 deficit after the first leg. Afterward, the 23-year-old mentioned the celebrations that took place on the balcony of the Parc des Princes with the Ultras on the street below.
“It was a match with pressure, coming from outside but especially from ourselves. We absolutely wanted to succeed and continue our journey,” Kehrer said. “After the match, it was crazy outside the stadium with all the supporters. These are unforgettable images, very, very strong emotions.”
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