During the press conference ahead of the Orleans vs PSG clash in the Round of 16 of the Coupe de France, Luis Enrique addressed the situation of Goncalo Ramos and Randal Kolo Muani, who have seen reduced playing time in recent weeks with the Parisian team.
The Spanish coach, visibly concerned about the condition of the pitch at La Source stadium where PSG will face Orleans, was questioned about Goncalo Ramos' situation. The Portuguese forward has faced difficulties in recent weeks and reportedly fell victim to a virus in December, according to Portuguese press reports. The coach was asked if the striker had indeed contracted the virus and if this explained his limited recent playing time.
"To be honest, he has lost quite a bit of weight. I don't know exactly how many pounds, but it was evident, with the risks that entails. Fortunately, he has been improving for weeks, and as for my decisions, I don't think I have to comment on them; they are clear," responded Luis Enrique, defending the Portuguese forward and Randal Kolo Muani, the latter also affected by the excellent form of the Barcola-Mbappé-Dembélé trio.
PSG's Luis Enrique stands firm in defense of two forwards amid criticism
"Goncalo Ramos and Kolo Muani are two attackers of a very high level that we signed to strengthen the team. I am very happy with both. I believe they are the present and, hopefully, the future of the club. That's what I have to say. Throughout the season, there will be moments when some players will play less, but I repeat, Gonçalo Ramos and Kolo Muani are high-caliber attackers, and I am very happy to have signed them," assured Luis Enrique.
When pressed by a journalist about the limited playing time of Ramos and Kolo Muani, Luis Enrique sidestepped the question: "I think I've already answered that question quite a bit. And if you want me to make a joke, there are only eleven players who can play in a team. Tell me a team where all the players can play. It's mathematically impossible."