Paulo Cesar: 'Proud to have worn this shirt'

On a visit to the training centre this week, the former Paris Saint-Germain defender (2002-2007) Paulo Cesar gave us his thoughts on the Brazilian-tinged 2017-18 team and his view on Sunday's match with Toulouse, where he played for two seasons after leaving Paris.

Paulo Cesar, what brought you to the Ooredoo Training Centre this week?
"I came back to live in France two months ago. I've taken the opportunity to come and say hi to my Brazilian friends at the training centre. I also came to wish them a good season and I hope they'll continue improving as they have done in recent years."

Paulo Cesar: 'Proud to have worn this shirt'

Of course everyone remembers your superb goal against Guingamp at the Parc des Princes (5-0, 6 October 2002)…
"I remember that goal. I scored some lovely goals with Paris, notably from free-kicks. The one against Guingamp, when I chipped it over the defender and shot with the outside of my boot...It's one of the best goals of my career."

Paulo Cesar: 'Proud to have worn this shirt'

Paris Saint-Germain has always had strong links with Brazil and even more so this year…
"I'm very happy to see all these Brazilian players in the team: Neymar Jr, Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos and Lucas. They're very popular in Brazil and have a lot of talent...There's always been this Brazilian tradition. I'm proud to have worn this shirt, especially when I see the great players that have helped write the club's history. Valdo, Rai, Leonardo and now the new ones who have come. I hope the close ties with Brazil will continue for a long time yet."

Paulo Cesar: 'Proud to have worn this shirt'

On Sunday, Paris welcome Toulouse to the Parc des Princes. It's an encounter between your two former clubs!
"It's surprising because I've just arrived in France, and there is now the match between the two clubs I played for here. I spent a big part of my career here, and I hope the best team wins…I know it'll be a great atmosphere, especially as it's Neymar's first game at the Parc. I hope he'll continue improving and score goals with his team-mates."