“Presnel Kimpembe has made his comeback, Tuesday, against Haifa (7-2) after a long period of absence (six weeks, thigh injury). In what state of mind do you find him? Does his return prompt you to return to a 3-man defence?
Kim came back in very good spirits, it was important for me to see him participate in this match. I thought he would be available for Ajaccio, but he was missing sessions. He is ready to start a game yes. Obviously the presence of central defenders leads to reflection. He was worried when he got his injury. In the first ten days after his injury, it was difficult from a mental point of view for him.
When he came back, I saw a boy who was very motivated, but who didn’t want to skip the stages. He explained to me that he needed group sessions to find athletic bearings. He is an important player, he is the only left-hander available in central defense. Of course he will play. We have three internationals in this position (Kimpembe, Marquinhos, Ramos), I hope they will go to the World Cup. Then, I will have to arbitrate according to the state of form and performance.
How do we manage the playing time of the “MNM”. Is there a temptation to rotate?
It is their state of fatigue. Not their form. We scored 50 goals, they scored 40. All three were very effective. When there is this dynamic, we don’t break it, we maintain it. There are discussions with my medical staff who have been doing a very good job in recent weeks. They are fine. We have the obligation to win against Troyes, we will have a game with an important stake in the middle of the week in Turin. When there is this osmosis, a dynamic is maintained, it doesn’t break.
Troyes (11th, 13 points) is perceived as a playful team. Do you think his coach Bruno Irles will change his philosophy by coming to the Parc des Princes?
Regarding Bruno, I often listened to him when he was a consultant. He has a real game philosophy, with a very precise animation. They’re a fun team to watch. They put on a performance in Monaco (4-2, August 31) for example. Will Bruno change his approach? I do not know. It’s a match that comes after a very good performance from us. We must refrain from any relaxation, we have an obligation to always win. »