LIGUE 1 - PSG, Hakimi: "In spite of the goals, my priority is to defend"
Ahead of upcoming CL match against Club Brugge, 23-year old Moroccan international wingback and Paris Saint-Germain powerhouse Achraf Hakimi stated:
"The stakes are to win. It's a Champions League game, everyone wants to play those. It's the same objective as for every game. It's not a revenge match, but a new Champions League game. We want to enjoy the game, this competition. I had already played against Brugge with Dortmund, and they're a very good side with good players. They are very strong at home, and on Tuesday it'll be the same. They'll want to show the same quality. The match against Monaco? I'm only thinking about Tuesday's game. We'll see later for the one at the weekend.
It's not a disappointment. There are a lot of clubs who have managed to win the Champions League after finishing second in their group. Even if we're going to finish runners-up in the group, the aim is to go all the way, regardless of the opponent. The group winners can also come up against big teams. We must first think about Brugge and then about the Round of 16.
I have started the season well and have had the chance to score some goals. But I'm a defender, and my priority is to defend. But I also try to help the team going forward. My main aim is to be good defensively and that our opponents don't score. For the moment it's going well. I'm adapting to the team, to my teammates, to the city, and I'm learning French.
People always talk, whether we play well or not. There's always going to be something to say. We respect the critics, but our team has a lot of new players. First, we have to understand each other and put into practice the coach's instructions. That'll come little by little. We're going to improve and we'll enjoy it more.
We're very good friends. Our understanding is something that happened naturally. We're the same age, we like the game things. That's what unites us on the pitch and off it".