Bring down the defending champion, the in-form leader of the league. This will be the goal of AS Monaco against Paris Saint-Germain this Sunday at 8:45 p.m., at the Parc des Princes. It is with this in mind that Axel Disasi spoke with the media, with a desire to bounce back after defeat against Lens.
The squad’s state of mind before Paris
There is no need to be afraid before the match. It is true that Paris has started its season well by achieving impressive performances. They play more as a team and the front three are doing a lot of defensive work. We will have to be very focused and raise our level on the pitch. But there is nothing to be afraid of since we got a result against them last season (3-0 at Stade Louis-II).
A sense of doubt after Lens
I think we always have to have space to question ourselves, whether it’s after a defeat or a victory. It was a poor performance on our part, which gave us a good reminder. This shows us that we must put all the ingredients into place in each match, both physically and tactically. Sunday will be a great opportunity for us to show another side of ourselves.
The Europa League draw
I admit that I do not know these three teams very well. I only know that they are the respective reigning champions and that we expect very close matches in fairly fiery atmospheres. It is an even group in which we will have to do our best to get past, like last season, the group stages, which is first and foremost the main objective in this competition. We will then focus on the knockout rounds.
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Your progress this season
Personally, I feel that I have been gaining momentum since the end of last season. I have been playing in Ligue 1 for three or four years now and this is my third season here. This start to the season only confirms my progress. It is up to me to maintain my level of standards to help the team achieve our objectives.
The ingredients to beat Paris
We will have to play our style of football. I know we can be strong collectively. If everyone works for each other, we can do something. It’s true that they have a big set of players in attack but I have confidence in my team because I know what we are capable of. We will have to be at 120% because a single mistake can cost us a goal. But it’s a good match that awaits us and it will be up to us to show that we can compete against this type of team.
A feeling of revenge
I would not say revenge, but simply to show the true face of AS Monaco. This is the feeling that prevails before Sunday’s game. The match against Lens was tough, the coach reminded us of that. But it’s a good challenge for us to show that we are able to bounce back from failure.