PSG coach Unai Emery happy to avoid injuries ahead of Champions League tie with Real Madrid.
With a round of 16 Champions League clash against Real Madrid just a week away, Emery is happy to see his team avoid injuries in a Coupe de France win and so Emery is very pleased.
Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery was happy to avoid injuries ahead of facing Real Madrid in the Champions League as his side cruised through to the Coupe de France quarter-finals with a 4-1 win at Sochaux.
With Neymar rested after celebrating his 26th birthday at the weekend, Angel Di Maria took a starring role with his first PSG hat-trick helping secure a comfortable win for PSG, who are seeking a fourth straight Coupe de France title.
Emery said: “The goal was to qualify, without injury and to collect information for the future, We respect the Coupe de France and an opponent who has already won this competition and recently knocked out Ligue 1 clubs. Even though Sochaux equalised, I knew it was an offensive team and I respected them, and in the second half they had fewer chances.”
Emery welcomed Thiago Motta back to action after the midfielder missed a month of action with a calf injury Emery welcomed Thiago Motta back to action after the midfielder missed a month of action with a calf injury.
“We wanted to play technically today, the pitch was not very good, but the quality of our players made the difference,”
“The statement of the opposing captain that we do not respect the teams is wrong. We respect all teams we play against – that’s why we win, that’s why tonight we played well.” said the Brazilian.