Paris Saint-Germain Féminine goalkeeper Christiane Endler is considered one of the best goalkeepers in world football today. The 29-year-old’s play resulted in a nominee for The Best award in the goalkeepers’ category for the second year in a row by FIFA.
The captain of the Chile Women’s National Team and her teammates lead D1 Arkema with a point advantage over their rival Olympique Lyonnais, who they defeated at the Parc des Princes.
Endler spoke to PSG TV, and one of the first questions asked towards the PSG Féminine goalkeeper is over what she’ll remember most from 2020.
“It has been a different year, difficult, more complicated for some than others. Luckily my family is well, which is the most important thing. As for football, we have been through good and bad moments. That’s the beauty of football, and it keeps you wanting to keep going, those emotions that you have every time you play, winning or losing,” Endler said.
“We are lucky to live with those emotions continuously, and I think that in summary, it has been a very positive year for me, for us. We have nothing to complain about, so I hope it continues like that, to continue to be healthy, with the family well, and the rest will come.”
Next, Endler begins to assess her form during the year as she became the full-time starter after the departure of long-time starter Katarzyna Kiedrzynek. The Chile international now commands the goal post, and she sees herself in Paris for a while.
“I think it has made me grow a lot as a player and as a person. I have managed to develop myself in more competitive football. Being at one of the world’s best clubs requires that to be always at a good level, demand the maximum of yourself, train every day to be better, and the competition is always hard,” Endler said.
“It has made me grow a lot as a player and as a person too. It has been a great experience. I have been here four years here and I have felt at home. I am thrilled with everything we have done together, and I hope we can continue this way.”
PSG Féminine has been close when it comes to winning the UEFA Women’s Champions League, but they’ve fallen short. Nonetheless, the objective for 2021 is to win that tournament, Endler states.
“The Champions League is always a different tournament, a different feeling when playing, a different motivation, all the teams want to win it. We have been close. I hope that this year we can play the final. It would be something very nice for us,” Endler said.
“For me personally, it would be a dream to win the UWCL. We have to keep working all year long to get it and keep on focus to the maximum. I think that if we are 100% focused on what we have to so we can win it.”
Finally, Endler discusses having any New Year’s Resolutions heading into 2021.
“I think the key is to know that we haven’t won anything yet, that now we have a holiday period. A rest period that we have to take advantage of and that in the second half of the season, we have to continue with what we have been doing if we want to win trophies,” Endler said.
“It has been a great year, but it has to keep getting better. If we don’t continue the way we have been up to now, it won’t help much. I think everyone has to come back with maximum motivation. Maybe we are closer than other years to winning the title, but we haven’t done it yet.”
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