Zoumana Camara, PSG U19 coach: “Zaire-Emery? He has everything to succeed”

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Zoumana Camara, PSG U19 coach: “Zaire-Emery?  He has everything to succeed”

“You have set up a five-man defense. Does this respond to a specific logic or were you asked to model the diagram on the animation of the first team?
No, no, they didn’t ask me anything. I calibrate systems based on the quality of players I have, so I have three centre-backs – Chad (El Chadaille Bitshiabu) who was with the pros, Veliz (Fernandez)and (Younes) El Hannach, who were with us last season. Today, I’m in player development. I can’t afford to scarify players with high potential and put one on the bench when I have three good centrals. I prefer to rely on them and create a system, a structure. It comes at a time when Galtier arrives, with a three-man defense, good for them.

“He is hardworking, discreet. It has given me satisfaction from the start. He made an interesting entrance today.”

Zoumana Camara, on Ethan Mbappé

Do you remember the fact of having won and scored 5 goals or this less successful second half where you conceded two goals?
Of course, as a technician, we have to be annoyed by this second half and these two goals conceded, but I have a young team, younger than last year. I have no wiggle room. I have players who played in U17 last season, I don’t have 2004 attackers so I have to adapt with what I have. I have quality but it’s a young, inexperienced group. You have to accept it. I prefer to keep the positive: quality, and this ability to work together.

How do you view the evolution of Ethan Mbappé?
He is a normally U17 player, he was upgraded like Etienne Michut. He is a boy who gives satisfaction in the state of mind. You can sometimes say that there is a lot of pressure on him. The fact of being the brother of… He is hardworking, discreet. It has given me satisfaction from the start. He made an interesting entrance today (this Tuesday).

Have you been given any Youth League goals this season?
No, no, last season they didn’t give me any, this season either. The club gives me the chance to develop the players and gives me no obligation. Maybe if I had taken 5-3, I would have been called to tell me: “we have to win matches” (laughs).

How do you judge your midfielder Warren Zaire-Emery? Is there still things to learn in U19?
We can always learn. He is a listener, serious, who has talent. He has got everything. He has everything to succeed. He takes his matches with a lot of pleasure, he gives his all. There are always things to learn. »

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