franceinfo was at the premiere of Luis Enrique on the PSG bench

Three weeks before the resumption of Ligue 1, Paris-Saint-Germain beat Le Havre 2-0, at their new training center in Poissy this Friday afternoon, for their first match of preparations. This encounter also marked coach Luis Enrique’s first in charge of PSG. France Info was there.


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PSG won 2-0 against Le Havre for their first warm-up match.  (LUC CHEMLA / RADIO FRANCE)

PSG’s preparation is accelerating. Three weeks before the first league match against Lorient on the weekend of 12-13 August, the club started preparation matches on Friday 21 July. At the end of the afternoon, the Parisians received the promotion from Le Havre in its new training center in Poissy, in the Yvelines.

A 2-0 victory secured thanks to second-half goals from Hugo Ekitike and Kylian Mbappé, who returned to training on Monday and played 25 minutes. The PSG roster rotated a lot and in total about twenty players were able to participate in the match, especially newcomers including: Marco Asensio, Lee Kang-In, Milan Skriniar or even the French world champion Lucas Hernandez.

Luis Enrique very present on his bench

The match was played behind closed doors. The opportunity to see the new coach Luis Enrique in action, for whom it was the first time on the PSG bench. Black shorts and a white shirt, in the club’s colours, the Spanish coach found himself stopped on the edge of the flank from the very first seconds. The coach didn’t hold still and paced back and forth between his dugout and the edge of the field. Luis Enrique never stopped encouraging his players by speaking in Spanish, making gestures and giving instructions. Very present, he also exchanged a lot with his assistants.

He is a coach who communicates a lot, confided to franceinfo Hugo Ekitike, who talks to the players, who stands behind us and who continually pushes us to press“.”He is present“, continues the marker of the day, for whom he’s quite an attacking manager, so I think we’ll be attractive to watch and it’s great to work with a great manager like him. He is a coach who has won many things and was a very good player, so we will learn a lot with him and he will be good for the team.“.

About the meeting, Hugo Ekitike explains that “it’s been a game of finding our legs, it’s done and it’s good. We tried to apply the coach’s instructions“. The young striker and the rest of the squad will fly to Japan on Saturday 22 July to continue preparing for the resumption of the league in August.

It should be noted the absence for this match of the blue goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, victim of a theft at home yesterday evening.

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