PSG back to the wall in the Women’s Champions League


Third in their group behind Chelsea and Real Madrid, PSG missed their Champions League debut. This Wednesday evening, any other result than a success would complicate the task of the Parisiennes, still contenders for the title. « If we don’t win tomorrow (Wednesday), it’s because we have nothing to do in the quarter-finals »warns Gérard Prêcheur, the PSG coach.

Beaten at home by Chelsea (0-1, October 20) then held in check by Real Madrid a week later (0-0), the Parisians are not yet giving in to panic. “We try to understand, there is something new, girls who have just arrived, explains Sakina Karchaoui. The automation still needs to be worked on. »

“We worked a lot on the offensive animation, I hope that will be enough”

Gérard Prêcheur, PSG coach

The latter should materialize quickly, because if they have the best attack in D1 (20 goals scored in 8 matches, three more than OL), the Parisiennes have still not scored in C1. “We have no room for error, we must have control of the game and of our destiny, warned the coach. We worked a lot on the offensive animation, I hope that will be enough. »

With 137 goals in the last five seasons, Marie-Antoinette Katoto has become indispensable to PSG. It is not for nothing that the club put all their energy into extending his contract until 2025 before the striker’s injury on July 14. « It’s a handicap, yes, recognizes Karchaoui about the absence of her teammate. There was a recruitment of an attacker (Berglind Björg Thorvaldsdottir), but we don’t use it on matches. »

Precheur believes that the Icelandic has « not the international level » unlike Katoto “one of the best strikers in the world”, whose return is not expected for several months. For the Parisian coach, the recruitment of a great attacker will be easier to achieve if Paris gets out of the pool.

Hamraoui’s reintegration continues

At the start of the season, Prêcheur had justified the dismissal of Kheira Hamraoui by assuring that his profile did not suit him. Having not left the club during the last transfer window, she finally returned to the team. The international midfielder (32 years old, 39 caps, 3 goals), has played the last three Championship matches with Paris, including two as a starter.

“She had a good match in Reims (2-0, October 29), sBack to school was much more difficult in Bordeaux (3-0, Sunday), underlines Prêcheur. She has to find the rhythm. She has presence, a very good touch on the ball, a good vision of the game, a good long game. It’s up to me to adapt to its characteristics and create the context for it to express itself”. Karchaoui did not hide his pleasure to see his friend find the team: « It’s an important and strong piece of the collective, believes the left side. It brings stability to the environment. »

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