Paris Saint-Germain is ready to begin their 2021-22 season, and the club’s official website spoke to Presnel Kimpembe ahead of the new campaign.
One of the first questions that the 25-year-old discussed is his thoughts on a new season with the Ligue 1 giants. Kimpembe is ready to kick off what could be a special season for PSG, considering the summer Les Parisiens have had in improving their squad.
“I feel good. It’s back to school, so you have to work well physically. So far, it’s going pretty well. I have good feelings. Paris is my favorite club. This is the club where I grew up,” Kimpembe said. “This is where I learned everything. I did my first classes there … So obviously, being able to continue working here is powerful; it’s always a pleasure.”
Last weekend, PSG didn’t get off to the start they wanted ahead of the 2021-22 season following a 1-0 loss to Lille OSC in the Trophée des Champions. Kimpembe provided some insight into the defeat.
“It hurts because there was a trophy up for grabs. It was a final, and we are competitors; we want to bring the trophy home,” Kimpembe said. “But we will stay positive. It’s the start of the season, and it’s also part of the preparation. We will do our best to resume the championship and this trip to Troyes.”
PSG will kick off their Ligue 1 2021-22 season against Troyes, who earned their promotion from Ligue 2. The France international gave his initial thoughts on the matchup as the capital club looks to get off on the right foot.
“We saw last season that the start of the championship was complicated. We lost a lot of points stupidly. Against Troyes, we know what to expect. They are not going to give us a gift, and they are coming back from Ligue 2; they were champions … We know that they will want to play a good game against us. We will have to start well,” Kimpembe said.
Finally, there’s the possibility of PSG supporters being in the stands at the Parc des Princes, and Kimpembe spoke about seeing the fans at the stadium this season.
“For me, that will make all the difference. [Supporters] are the twelfth man, and considering how important they are to us, last season was not easy. We felt that the absence of the supporters weighed heavily when we are a little tough,” Kimpembe said.
“We hear the voices of the supporters, the songs, the cries, and inevitably, that pushes us. I hope they will come back quickly in numbers and that we will be able to have a good season all together.”