Meunier: 'Only one aim: to win!'

Back from international duty with Belgium, Thomas Meunier – who has scored three goals already this season with Paris – looks back at the season so far, and ahead to Saturday's match with Nantes at the Parc des Princes.
Meunier: 'Only one aim: to win!'

Thomas, last season you scored just one goal in Ligue 1… today you have three goals in just seven matches... "It's true that I've found myself in the right place at the right time this season. I also had a few chances last season, but perhaps I wasn't so good in front of goal... This season I've converted 100% of my shots!"

We know you started your career as a forward… do you think that helps you today? "I think it helps me in certain situations. When you are a forward, you know where to put the ball, depending on where the goalkeeper is... I wasn't always accurate, but I always tried to put it in the right place, to put it where Cavani – for example – would put it."

Meunier: 'Only one aim: to win!'

How did you feel when you scored the last-minute winner against Dijon? "To be honest, I was very happy for the team, but a little frustrated on a personal level. I hardly touched the ball during the match and the coach was about to substitute me just before I scored... In the end I scored the opening goal and then the winner in the last minute. It was a good reward!"

So it wasn't the same feeling as when you scored the winner in the last minute against Basel last season in the Champions League? "No, it was totally different! It was my first match in the Champions League and my first goal and it was an incredible feeling. It was definitely one of the greatest highlights of my career until now!"

Meunier: 'Only one aim: to win!'

Speaking of the Champions League, how do you analyse the start of the season? "I think the motivation levels are even higher in this competition. We have seen it this season where we score three or four goals every home game... Defensively we are looking very good, so I think it's all very positive. The players are completely focused, whether it be in Ligue 1 or the Champions League. The club's is extremely ambitious."

Before Celtic next Wednesday, Paris are at home to Nantes in Ligue 1 on Saturday. How are you approaching this game? "With only one aim: to win. Nantes are a very good side that struggled a little early on but have bounced back very well. They have won a lot of matches by a solitary goal. Defensively, we can see the 'Ranieri touch', but we also have the quality going forward to break them down and the sooner we can score the better."