Olivier Echouafni: 'We want to win everything'
Two days out from the first match of 2019, against CPB Bréquigny in the Coupe de France's round of 32, Olivier Echouafni talked about his ambitions for the second half of the season, as well as the arrival of forward Nadia Nadim.
Coach, how are your players' spirits after the ten-day break?
"They're ready to get right back into it. At any rate, they have it in their heads that they have objectives to accomplish in the second half of the season. Given their form in the first two training session of the year, I'm pretty satisfied and very happy with their attitude. They're in form, as professionals should be."
2019 kicks off with a round of 32 clash against Bréquigny in the Coupe de France, a competition in which Paris are the reigning champs…
"We have the drive to succeed and to win matches and qualify. The first match of 2019 will be in the Coupe de France, so yes, we have a title to defend and simply put we want to add another one to it. We want to win every competition we take part in so we can bring home a maximum of trophies. Changing the traditional hierarchy is the objective. The match is approaching quickly; we have 48 hours to train before taking on Bréquigny."
Have you had a chance to study your opponents, who play their football in the second division?
"We'll be concerned with ourselves above all. With the respect that we have for our opponents, we know that a sup match can always turn in an accomplished performance to make it to the next round."
It should be a chance to see new recruit Nadia Nadimi action...
"We're very happy that she's joined us. It demonstrates Paris Saint-Germain's drive to go a long way in every competition. We'll need everyone to pull together and Nadia is a great reinforcement for this squad; she will bring all her experience to bear. She is used to playing at the highest level, and for our rather young squad, that's a very good thing."