Choupo-Moting : 'Be at our best'
Excellent in the recent friendly matches, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting spoke to PSG TV about his current form and the Coupe de France final against Saint-Étienne, this Friday 24 July at 21:10 at the Stade de France.
Eric-Maxim, how does it feel to be back playing again after the lockdown?
Oh, it's a great feeling. Definitely. It's been a long time. I've never had such a long time without playing soccer. I think no professional footballer ever had had it: three and a half months. So I'm really happy to be back on the pitch back with the guys.
You scored two great goals against Waasland-Beveren...
First of all, it was our first game since four months at the Parc de Princes with supporters and it was a great feeling, of course. And then to score in such a way... every every goal is important, every goal is nice, for an attacker. But I think the first goal was really nice. And I like to see it also one more or one two more times. And yeah, I'm happy that I scored and it's a good feeling, of course.
The first competitive match is coming up and it's a final...
Winning the Coupe de France is a real goal. We didn't win it last season, like the Coupe de la Ligue. This year we need to win both. We will give everything to lift both trophies. We want to play and win. These trophies are the only ones I'm missing here in France.
What type of match can we expect against ASSE?
I expect a team which will be 150 percent motivated. They know that we are the best team in France and we'll be very, very difficult. So they have to have an incredible day. But everything is possible in football. We have to take this game very, very seriously. They still have a good team. You don't reach the cup final just by chance. You have to deserve it. They struggled a little bit in the league, but they can also have a very good day. So we have to take it very seriously and it won't be easy.