Keylor Navas is currently in quarantine at his home in Costa Rica but recently took a few minutes of his time to answer questions from two Paris Saint-Germain fans and journalist Anne-Laure Bonnet.
The latest installment of “All at Home,” a video series in partnership with Accor, features the PSG goalkeeper sporting a new blonde look and fielding questions about life in isolation during the coronavirus pandemic, what he misses most about the game, and his mindset for the UEFA Champions League, which is expected to resume this August.
“Everything’s going well! My family is well, and that gives me peace of mind,” Navas said. “In order to stay fit, I am doing a huge amount of running…more than I have at any time in my life! Keeping in good physical condition is important. I run every day. I’ve also spent more time than usual with my family. As a footballer that’s what we miss sometimes: being able to spend the weekend with the family and to play with the children.”
Navas then explained how strange the current situation is for him.
“I’m missing everything! I’ve been playing football for a lot of years…I’m in the professional world and I’ve been training every day since I was 15,” Navas said. “Stopping for such a long time is strange to live through. You need to adapt, hope that things improve and continue to make the most of life.”
With a return to the training pitch set for June 22, Navas doesn’t believe the players will need too much time to get back up to speed.
“When we get back to playing again, I think we’re going to be quickly up to speed because we’re all in very good physical shape.,” Navas explained. “Us goalkeepers do specific training and I’m in good condition. It will help me be a cat on my goal-line again!”
The former Real Madrid goalkeeper expressed enthusiasm over winning the Ligue 1 title this season, his first trophy in France, but its the Champions League trophy that he has his eyes on.
“We’re ready to fight in this competition,” the three-time Champions League winner said. “I know that my teammates are very motivated. They’re working a lot at home because they know how important the competition is to us. It’s important for the team, the club, and the supporters. We’re conscious of our responsibilities so we must do the maximum we can at home in order to work on our physical shape and to keep our concentration.”
PSG could have a few friendlies in July to play and in August, they’ll play the Coupe de France final, Coupe de la Ligue final, and then the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Let’s hope all that running pays off for Navas so that he can record as many clean sheets as possible to close out the season.
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