Paris Saint-Germain kicked off their pre-season with a friendly match against Le Havre at the newly inaugured PSG Campus on Friday, July 21.
The capital club secured a respectable 2-0 victory, with goals from Hugo Ekitike in the 53rd minute and Kylian Mbappe in the 92nd minute after coming off the pine.
Luis Enrique, the fresh new manager of PSG for next season at the very least, shared his thoughts on the team's performance in a rather positive and upbeat mood.
Enrique acknowledged that matches like Friday's are "an essential part of the pre-season," adding that they "allow players to enhance their physical and tactical abilities" while they "adapt to new approaches."
The coach emphasized the significance of "providing players with sufficient playing time to strengthen the team," and intriguingly hinted that "there will be several more changes in the squad."
Hugo Ekitike, one of the goal scorers on the day, expressed his satisfaction with the victory during an interview with PSG.TV and the youngster highlighted "the importance of the game in preparing for the upcoming tour in Japan" while also praising Enrique's tactical instructions, particularly "focusing on maintaining possession and pressing the opponent when the ball is lost."
Ekitike also handed some flowers to the team for their overall performance, mentioning "their ability to apply the coach's instructions effectively."
The striker emphasized that "keeping possession is a key aspect of PSG's playing style," and revealed that the new head coach "demands intense pressing immediately after losing the ball." Ekitike believes that PSG "showed promising signs of progress in the match."
Overall, the victory against Le Havre served as a positive step in PSG's pre-season preparations and it marked the debut of Luis Enrique on PSG's bench before the team departs for Japan in order to roam the Asian country while playing some football over the next few days.