“Since Raphaël Varane’s package, you have been the chief of defense. Does that satisfy you?
It’s a natural role I’m used to having at PSG. Yes, I am one of the oldest in this group. But young people do not need me as much as you can tell. They are experienced youngsters at their club. They are big boys. But it’s a role I really like. If the staff trusts me, it’s because I have the capacity.
You played in Croatia with Moussa Diaby and Christopher Nkunku. You saw them landing first. Does it make you feel old?
Necessarily. When I talk to incoming players, I ask about their age. They tell me: “I am from 2002, I am from 2003 …” I was there. But even that is normal.
Are you surprised by Nkunk’s progress?
Surprised, no. I have known Christopher for years. He is a talented guy. At PSG, he had made a few appearances, but he was able to show his talent at Leipzig. To see him like that is a real pleasure for me and for his whole family.
What should we forget from the mistakes made in the first three games?
There is nothing to forget, even if these are harder times than others. This is how we move forward. You have to look at the positive side. We know that tomorrow is a great match, that it is important and it is important for us to win this battle.
Do you feel any pressure in this last match?
We are the holders of this competition. It is important to us. Pressure, the players of France are accustomed to. We know the importance of this match to stay in the race. We know that the French team should not be in this country. We know it’s an obligation to win tomorrow, we are aware of that.
How did you cope with the fatigue?
We always have juice. You have to know to find the right motivation, but I have no doubt the players have it. You have to know how to rest well, to prepare well, the rest is in your head.
You said a week ago that we should have a discussion with PSG about the future. A week later, did you have any news?
I said that I would come on the 27th, that my next contract would be decisive and that I wanted to know what the next project was, what role I would be assigned. It seems legal to me. But here I am focused on the match of France to close well this season. »