Known for his historically tense relationship with the media in Spain when managing Barcelona and the Spanish national team, PSG coach Luis Enrique engaged in his first notably heated exchange with the French press during a Ligue 1 session on Sunday evening.
The friction between Luis Enrique and the press has been evident for years, with previous incidents highlighting the coach's reluctance to entertain inquiries about his tactical decisions.
Following the Newcastle defeat in last week's Champions League match, Enrique refused to discuss his dubious tactical choices, considering them justified.
A subsequent incident involved a Canal+ journalist being rebuked for inaccuracies in a question about Ousmane Dembele.
After PSG's victory over Rennes (1-3) last weekend, however, tension escalated between Enrique and Alexandre Ruiz from Free.
Asked about his team's performance (which was far from great), Enrique retorted sharply, accusing Ruiz of focusing solely on the negative aspects. Enrique, visibly irked, brought in consultants Rio Mavuba and Ludovic Giuly as witnesses, stating, "It's the same in all interviews! You are the most negative in the history of football. Once we won 4-1, and he told me we deserved to lose."
Ruiz pressed for clarifications on why the team faced difficulties, prompting Enrique to assert, "Because they are not machines, they are footballers!"
When Ruiz sought to explain that his questions were for young football fans, Enrique, clearly agitated, retorted, "Young people understand everything. It's you who doesn't understand anything. That's what I think when I hear your questions."
Following the incident, Luis Enrique curtailed his press conference, answering only three questions. The international break appears timely for a pause in the escalating tensions, although they will return when club football is back next week.