Thiago Silva: 'Take top spot as soon as possible'
By beating Monaco in the Trophée des Champions (2-1), and with two wins against Amiens (2-0) and Guingamp (3-0) in Ligue 1, it's been a good start to the season, hasn't it?
"Yes, we have started this season well, but I don't guage that only in terms of matches won, but above all the intensity that we have managed to put into those games. The team is already in good shape physically, you could see in the way we have dominated games. It's important, because it's one of our strengths. So we'll try to continue in the same way."
Did the fact the team dropped points at the start of last season motivate you even more to start well this time round?
"Of course we want to start the season well, but that was also the case last season and unfortunately we didn't manage to do that. Now, I think the squad is better prepared than at the same stage last season. Everyone feels good on the pitch, you could feel that during the pre-season camp in Miami, even if the results in our friendlies weren't very good. We worked well tactically and physically. The coach was happy with the work we put in. It's now down to us to keep up those standards in order not to have the same difficulties as last year and have to chase top spot. Our aim is to take top spot as quickly as possible."
Toulouse caused you problems last year (1 win, 1 draw for TFC against Paris in Ligue 1). Does that mean revenge will be in the air on Sunday?
"No, we won't be out for revenge. It's always difficult to play teams like Toulouse. They're a team comprised of young, talented players. Last year, it was a goalless draw at the Parc, I remember it being a very difficult match. We all want to put in a great performance, and it'll be Neymar's first game at the Parc des Princes. We have to play our game and be clinical in front of goal to win."
What do you have to look out for against such a team?
"We'll have to be very careful to avoid counter-attacks, because their coach works very well tactically. He prepares his team well defensively in order for them to be effective on rapid counter-attacks."
What was lacking last season to become champions?
"First of all, Ligue 1 is a very difficult competition. It's not because we won the previous four titles that it belonged to us. We had a very good season, but Monaco were even better. Today, it gives us even more motivation to lift the trophy again."