It did him good, that goal. And even if he expressed it with a lot of humility, it was with a smirk that Randal Kolo Muani presented himself in the mixed zone, this Saturday evening after PSG's victory against Nantes (2-1) of which he was one of the architects. Above all, he kicks off the "grand final", as he calls it, of the Champions League group stage against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday night in Germany.
Was it important to win against Nantes before facing Dortmund?
RANDAL KOLO MUANI. It was very important, we had to win, we had to try to set up our game for this match that awaits us. It's a big game, a challenge that we have to take on, and it was an important game for us before the big final that awaits us. We are all aware that this is an important match and we have to play it with desire. I think we have the ability to win this match.
Is that what you call the Dortmund match, the "grand final"?
We all know it's a final to play. We're not going to lie, it's our lives that are at stake, let's say.
You talk about capabilities: are you reassured after tonight?
We have always been reassured, confident about the quality of the group. It's continuity.
Does this goal make you feel good, can it be a trigger?
It always feels good to score and make the team win. We have to keep up the momentum, keep working because there are some great deadlines coming up. It will be up to me to continue to work, to listen to the coach's instructions, whether I play on the right, left or up front. It's up to me to give the best of myself.
How are you coping with your start to the season, between the ups and downs?
There have been a lot of lows, it's up to me to raise my head. I pick it up slowly, just concentrating on the work.
We could have expected you to be in the starting line-up, how do you feel about the fact that you were "only" coming in?
There's competition, we're at a big club. It's up to me to prove myself.
Do you hope to be in the starting line-up against Dortmund?
It will be up to the coach to decide. Barcola also had a very good game, he can start. Even if I scored, it doesn't mean anything. There's a lot of quality on the bench.
We feel that the attack is very changeable over the course of the games, in what form do you feel it is better?
There is a lot of quality, the coach has the choice to place his players. It will be up to us to bring more. It's not a problem for me, as long as we're on the pitch, it's up to us to show things.
How does it feel to be back in Nantes?
It's always a pleasure to meet up with friends, it's a good time to share. It's always weird to be on the other side, that's for sure (laughs).
Did you have your former teammates room for it?
No (he smiles), I'm not like that. But I'll probably do it tonight, or tomorrow. We wrote to each other this week, they were trying to get information on how we were going to play... It was just a bit of rooming (he smiles).