Pascal Gastien (Clermont): “Against PSG anything can happen”

“What does this match against PSG on Saturday represent for you?
For the club, the people, Auvergne, it’s something quite extraordinary that our elders experienced in a Coupe de France match. (4-4, 4-3 at tabs in March 1997). It must be a party for everyone.

How did you prepare for this match?
I didn’t do anything more than usual. We are lucky to meet them because we see them often. Nothing has changed compared to the other matches.

Are you coming back? the first leg (4-0 loss) to avoid repeating certain mistakes?
We had put something coherent in place except that we had made some big mistakes. We hadn’t done everything we needed to have any chance of winning points against them. The context of Saturday’s game is different. The game is going to be different. We have to get points.

Do we prepare differently when we have to face Kylian Mbappé who is working very well at the moment?
We are obliged to take this into account. Otherwise, it would be suicidal. After that, we are not going to radically change the way we play. We know very well that it will be difficult because I think that today he is the best player in the world. For the players who will be on the field it will be quite an experience in their progression. These are games that should make them grow. Getting something going against Mbappé, Messi, Neymar is not easy. In any case, we hope to disturb you. We are in a competition, we need points. I hope we don’t get to see them play.

Are you going to be inspired by PSG’s recent defeats to try to hinder them?
It is necessary to relativize. They lost in Monaco (0-3) but we do not have the same characteristics as Monaco. We don’t have the same power. I have to consider that too. We have to play with our qualities. We know that if we start the game well, we can consider upsetting them a bit. We also had good results against the 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the standings. In a football game, there is always hope. Anyone can beat anyone. We have to make them doubt.

You always say that you play to take the three points. Can you keep up this speech against a team of this caliber?
We lost four games in a row. In general, obviously, we are not in a very good dynamic of results. But I don’t think we had a bad game against Nantes. (23)who beat PSG (3-1) before. Unfortunately, there is nothing truly Cartesian about football. We have an opportunity, we will take full advantage of it.

“I still think that PSG was the victim of a refereeing error and that there was a foul by Donnarumma”

On the elimination of PSG from the Champions League against Real

How did you recover from the loss in Nantes?
Tuesday afternoon was tough. We are in a competition, we are not playing football for leisure. We don’t like losing four games in a row and especially making big mistakes. We say things to each other but there is no point in coming to training and getting angry. Pleasure must always be collective. We tighten the screws a little. Now, against PSG, anything can happen.

You speak of collective pleasure, do you think that some people like individual pleasure too much?
If I think. If we are in individual pleasure against PSG, I think we will pay dearly. We must realize this. You have to do things in the most professional way possible. That is what I expect: seriousness and rigor.

Are you sorry that PSG was eliminated from the European Cup?
For the UEFA index, yes. For us, yes also certainly. The poor, I still think they were victims of an arbitration error and that there was fault (from Benzema) in Donnaruma. They pay dearly for it. I would have preferred them to play against Chelsea yesterday (Wednesday) night and they might be a bit tired against us. »

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