The Champions League, stop or even? A priori, rather "still", even if it will be necessary to wait for the "Comex" of UEFA, on June 17, to have certainties on the question. In the meantime, Parisians are in the starting blocks. And in particular their goalkeeper, Keylor Navas, impatient to fight and find the continental scene in a live organized by the club of the capital and its main sponsor, the Accor group.
“We are ready to fight in this competition, insists the Parisian doorman from his native Costa Rica. I know my teammates are very motivated. They work a lot at home because they know the importance of this ordeal for us. This is important for the team, the club and the supporters. We are aware of our responsibilities. We therefore do our utmost to maintain our physical fitness and maintain our concentration. ” Remember that PSG, like the rest of French football, has been stopped since mid-March due to the coronavirus. Last match in date? The victory over Dortmund, March 11 (2-0). Resumption of training is said to be scheduled for June 22.
17 clean-sheets in 31 matches
Triple winner of the Champions League with Real Madrid and under the orders of a certain Zinedine Zidane, from 2016 to 2018, Keylor Navas is also not worried about the state of form of his teammates, after several months of interruption. "When we resume competition, I think we will quickly resume the pace because we are all in good physical shape," he said. We goalkeepers have specific training and I am in good condition. It will help me become a cat again on my goal line! ”
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A cat that has kept a clean sheet 17 times in 31 matches during the 2019-20 season (24 goals conceded), its first in Paris. “Maintaining good physical condition is important. So I run every day, "he says again, he who appreciates being able to spend" time with (his) family "but who admits being in need of play." I miss everything! To stop for so long is strange to live with, ”he promises.
"We have only one goal: to win, to win, to win"Keylor Navas
At 33, Navas is in any case still hungry for trophies. And it is not the title of champion of France awarded to PSG after the final cessation of the Ligue 1 season, April 30, which will calm his ardor in the matter. He wants more, even more, always more. "To have won this title is something very beautiful," he underlines, he who also won the La Liga with the Madrid's Casa Blanca in 2017. We would have liked to finish the championship, but that could not be done because of this complicated period. It's a new title in my career, my first in France. I hope there will be many more! We have only one goal: to win, to win, to win. ” There is no more !
PSG is one of the four clubs qualified for the quarter-finals of the C1, along with Atalanta Bergamo, Atlético Madrid and RB Leipzig. Fourteen round of 16 return finals remain to be played, including that of Lyon against Juventus Turin (1-0 first leg victory). The competition could end in August, in a format that has yet to be determined. We talk here and there about a Final 4, or even a Final 8 in one and the same place.
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