Luis Enrique (PSG): “Return? Not the strongest moment of my career”

“What do you think about the Champions League draw?
We were lucky because we returned to Spain and I returned to Barcelona, ​​the city where I spent most of my sports career. We knew that the competition would offer us a team of a very high level, with a lot of individual quality. We are in the part of the table where everyone has a chance to reach the final. And then there is the second half, with the favourites, Real and City.

How do you view the Champions League since you are in Paris?
As I have done until now. The same message a week before the game, the same message for our fans to be passionate, to protect us, to support us.

PSG-Barcelona necessarily reminds of the return of 2017. Is this the strongest moment of your career?
No because it was not used to win another C1. Juve came out behind us. But no, it is not the most important match of my career. And then, everyone remembers the comeback, but to have a comeback, you have to remember that there was a comeback before the comeback, 4-0 at the Parc des Princes. I remember that very well too. That's part of the story.

What is your opinion of Xavi's work in Barcelona?
When you're at a club like Barça, it's because you have a level, you're ready. Barça is a superb, historic club, one of those that has won the most Champions Leagues. We have big ambitions to win first.

“(Achraf Hakimi) has things to improve and he knows which ones. And I know he will make them better.”

Randal Kolo Muani was selected for the French team. What does he lack if he has more minutes at PSG?
Kolo Muani has 1600 minutes at the highest level, during the first season in Paris. I am very happy with him, I like him. I know where he should play. When he plays or trains, he will do his best. Another case: Gonçalo Ramos. It has 1500 minutes. Him, the same. Give him a minute, he's ready. That's what the fans want: for the players to be ready.

You maintain a gap at the top of Ligue 1. How do you do it?
We are left with three draws in a row in the championship, it's true, but that doesn't worry me. We were very good in Monaco (0-0, March 1). We are not looking at the points deficit, we want to win the championship. And tomorrow (Sunday) we want to win in Montpellier. It will be difficult, there will be intensity. But our goal gives us a lot of ambition.

How is Achraf Hakimi managing his return from CAN?
I believe that Hakimi has been very consistent throughout the season. He is a player with unique offensive potential. I try not to flatter the best, I like to demand from the best, and the less good ones – even if in my case they are all good – I have to love them. Hakimi knows why he hasn't played lately. He came back (from CAN) with the same energy. He has a unique attacking potential. But he has things to improve and he knows which ones. And I know it will improve them. »

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