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PSG: “Sooner or later, we will have to learn to play without Mbappé”, slips Luis Enrique

The match: “It was a complicated match from the start.

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PSG: “Sooner or later, we will have to learn to play without Mbappé”, slips Luis Enrique

The match: “It was a complicated match from the start. We were more imprecise than usual, less inspired, but precision cannot be achieved every time. I liked the attitude and the pressure of the team, the opponent almost didn't pass half of the field in the first half... except on the goal. A magnificent goal, a high level action. We may have lacked mobility without a ball, but it's all the more important when you're not inspired. In the second half, we struggled to generate chances. In the end, the draw result is fair. Rennes could have scored 2-0 but we also had chances at the end and we could have scored (before the penalty).”

The replacement of Kylian Mbappé: “It’s simple, sooner or later, we will have to learn to play without Kylian Mbappé. All coaches must do it.

Offensive changes: “Here too, it’s easy to answer. Between now and the end of the season, we will still be competing in several competitions which are part of our objectives. I don't want to give away a minute, when a player plays he has to think it's a chance and give his best. I want it for this season, and next. I want total competition. I see this in my players. And when I don't see him, I'll make changes, knowing I have plenty of players to choose from. Goncalo Ramos and Randal Kolo Muani are players who have presence in the box. I didn't want to change Ousmane Dembélé but he raised his hand, I didn't want his fatigue to turn into injury. The return of Nuno Mendes is very good news. He obviously lacks rhythm. I have the chance to coach a high-level group, with around twenty top-level players. I want them to see every minute as an opportunity. I loved the pressing when I lost the ball. We lost more balls but I loved the attitude and the fact that we took the ball after the goal to try to score.

Monaco and Real Sociedad to come: “Worried? No. I'm happy when there are matches like tonight's against Rennes, or against Monaco (next Friday), Brest... The more complicated the matches, the better for us! We are necessarily more concentrated, better prepared. Same thing for the Champions League and Real Sociedad (March 5 at Anoeta). After seeing the first leg, there is no reason to think that the return will be easy.

Offensive changes linked to a question of attitude: “No, I expressed myself badly or you misunderstood… I simply explained that I am very demanding of the players who play, and they all know it. I am happy with their attitude. If some people believe that I will accept players slacking off in the future, that is not true. I'm happy with the team's attitude with the ball but we weren't precise. I don't have a problem with that. Even though we didn't win, I'm happy with the attitude. It was actually an implicit message to the players: when you play, you have to give your all.”

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