“There may be people who discovered Paris Saint-Germain at that time.
When he goes back to the memory of the Parisian success against Bayern Munich (1-0), on November 23, 1994, during the 5th day of the Champions League, Vincent Guérin evokes an essential stage in the history of the club.
"We savored this success, because we had proven to Europe that we were at a very interesting level," adds the former midfielder.
Before the match on Wednesday, a poster between Bayern and PSG often refers to this success of 1994 and especially to the magnificent goal of George Weah that the striker will describe at the time as "the most beautiful of his career".
However, the evening could have turned out differently against a Bayern, admittedly led by a pale Jean-Pierre Papin, but whose attackers will force Bernard Lama to several high-class parades.
It must be said that Luis Fernandez, for his first coaching season, had a hell of a turn-over.
"Do not make us believe that you are going to play with this team of hairdressers", had even launched Uli Hoeness, the general manager of Bayern, to one of his Parisian counterparts.
However, it is with Llacer, Nouma, Séchet or Dieng that Paris presents itself that evening.
Weah is a replacement.
“I was the precursor of turnover, you just have to write it down, underlines Luis Fernandez.
Because I've been criticized enough for it.
Like what it was useless… But for me it is giving to a whole workforce the opportunity to be able to express themselves.
"Vincent Guérin speaks of a" hybrid team "but above all remembers" the strength that emanated from this group ", the reigning French champion.
"This match marked the spirits and helped us"
Entered into play in the 64th minute in place of Ginola, Weah would switch the match into another dimension with his goal in the 80th after a movement initiated by Colleter, relayed by Nouma and concluded with a slalom and a strike in the skylight by Oliver Kahn.
“He destroyed us,” the German keeper later said.
Luis Fernandez has obviously not forgotten anything.
“I had put George in because I wanted to let him recover, rest,” he comments.
The BeIN Sports consultant also said: “The day before, he asked me if he could go out shopping.
It had marked me because he had returned to the hotel with three or four suitcases!
He was a generous person with his friends and family and as he went to Liberia quite often to play with the selection he bought them equipment.
I will always remember ... As for this goal, it is it in all its excellence!
In the quarter-finals, PSG would offer themselves Barça before stumbling in the semi-final against AC Milan.
"It's a shame, slips Fernandez.
When we see the quality of the workforce, we could have won this Champions League when you think about it.
In any case, it is sure that this match marked the spirits and helped us.
We felt strong, tough to play against any big club.
It allowed us to move forward.
Two years later, Paris won the Coupe des coupes.