Former Paris Saint-Germain Féminine and current Canal Plus football pundit, Laure Boulleau, was on the set of Canal Football Club to talk about the mentality that the capital club will need as they face the prospect of having a five-month layoff between competitive matches.
Boulleau notes that there are some positive and negative points to having a limited amount of in-game action. Nonetheless, with the UEFA Champions League potentially being single-game elimination matches beginning in August, she doesn’t see the lack of game-time as a significant issue.
“A final 8 to finish the Champions League? I find that there are positive and negative points. But for PSG, what I like is that there would only be three matches,” Boulleau said. “Even if they are late with the shutdown of Ligue 1. There will be less athletic difficulty on the repetition.”
The 33-year-old goes on to state that she’s more focused on the mental aspect of the squad. It’s the first time that Les Parisiens find themselves in the competition’s quarter-finals since 2016, so it will be interesting to see how if they can maintain their composure as most of the squad is in unchartered territory.
“On the other hand, mentally, on a direct elimination, if we think of Dortmund, there is no match to catch up,” Boulleau said. “The pressure is different on knockout matches. Mentally, we will have to go through a big stage.”
If the knockout stages are single-game elimination, then it does help that PSG will have arguably two of the better players in the world on their squad.
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