Luis Enrique: "Since I arrived at PSG, I have felt complete confidence"

PSG faces OGC Nice in the Coupe de France quarterfinals at Parc des Princes this Wednesday, offering Luis Enrique a pre-match press conference opportunity

PSG's Luis Enrique.
PSG's Luis Enrique. / Jean Catuffe/GettyImages

PSG hosts OGC Nice this Wednesday at Parc des Princes for the quarterfinals of the Coupe de France. It's an opportunity for Luis Enrique to attend the pre-match press conference today.

Controlling the game

"It's difficult. In a competition where you either advance or get eliminated, it'll be a crazy match."

Penalty shootout

"The goalkeeping coach does his job with the goalkeepers, including penalties. Last week we worked on penalty kicks, this week, and also before the match against Real Sociedad. It's mainly mental and it's impossible to train players in match conditions. I hope we don't get to that."

His counterpart at Nice, Francesco Farioli

"He's a very young but well-prepared coach. They've played two-thirds of the season at a very high level. They don't lose the ball, they press well."

A revenge against OGC Nice?

"No, there's no spirit of revenge. It's our only loss in the league and five weeks ago, they were our direct rivals in Ligue 1. They're a very good team without the ball and exceptional with it. They've conceded fewer goals along with Brest. It will be difficult but we're lucky to play at home. It's an attractive match but we don't feel the desire for revenge."

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This Coupe de France match, a final!

"They're different competitions. It's a very attractive competition, the same in all countries. They're centuries-old competitions that fans enjoy. We'll take it as a final because it's a final."

Comparison between Ligue 1 and the clash between Manchester City and Liverpool

"Liverpool isn't playing in the Champions League. Luckily, Liverpool isn't there. Manchester City is the defending champion. Of course, I watched the match which was of a very high level with two unique coaches. Before coming here, I thought Ligue 1 was easy but it's the opposite. There's a very high level individually and in terms of coaches' proposals. It's a league with a high level of competitiveness."

Marquinhos's absence

"I don't have additional information. There's nothing very worrying or serious. He could have played against Real Sociedad but as long as he's not 100%, we don't need to risk it."

Management of playing minutes, especially for Ousmane Dembele

"We study every little detail for players individually. Every game is important, like tomorrow's or in the Champions League. Ousmane doesn't have any problems, he's available for the coach. You have to control playing minutes for very explosive players like Dembele or Mbappe. They have amazing speed that involves risks. It implies making them play more or fewer minutes."

Ousmane Dembele's role against Real Sociedad

"It's a basic concept. As a coach, you need your best players to touch the ball. Real Sociedad pressed with six players in the center and freed the wings. That created superiority. You have to put the best players where the spaces are."

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The confidence of his board in the 'Mbappe case'

"Since I arrived, from my first meeting with Luis Campos and since I've known the president (Nasser Al-Khelaïfi), I've always felt total trust and support. The project is somewhat new for the club, different from previous coaches, with many young players. The idea is for our fans to follow us and see that we play well. I'm having a good time in personal terms, as a coach, and that's how a football project should be led."