Mendy: 'A great challenge'

Freshly-named Paris Saint-Germain Women's team technical assistant coach, Bernard Mendy spoke to PSG TV about the new role...

Bernard, how does it feel to be returning to Paris Saint-Germain...
"I am very happy to be back at the club in an official capacity. I consider myself a child of this club, even if I didn't come through the academy, I signed here as a teenager. I really wanted to come back to the club after my playing days and Paris has given me that opportunity. Not many people knew I was interested in Women's football and I'm really delighted to be a part of the coaching staff."

Mendy: 'A great challenge'

How will your experiences, combined with coach Patrice Lair, help the Women's team?
"I spent three great years in India, I learned a new culture and have some incredible memories. The people there are incredible and I know that experience helped me grow as a person. I want to share my experiences and my vision of football, a vision that compliments that of Patrice Lair. Patrice is one of the best coaches in Women's football, anywhere in the world. He is going to teach me a lot and this is a great challenge for me."

What do you think about the current Paris Saint-Germain squad?
"We have a great squad, very talented players. I came and watched the Women's Champions League semi-final against Barcelona at the Parc des Princes last season and I was really impressed. This is a great generation and we have the opportunity to achieve some great results. My first sessions have gone very well. We've worked mostly on fitness. I work by their sides, I'm encouraging them and we are working hard to get where we need to be."

Mendy: 'A great challenge'

What are the short-term aims?
"The main aim this season is to qualify for the Champions League. A club like Paris Saint-Germain should be in the Champions League every year. We also want to bring a trophy back to Paris, so we want to win the Coupe de France. It's tough to try and win the league, but we want to compete with Lyon. The 1-0 away loss was a very close game. We need to fix a few mistakes, eliminate the lapses in concentration to really fight for the title."