PSG boss Luis Enrique anticipates a challenging match for his Ligue 1-leading team at Lens’ Stade Bollaert-Delelis on Sunday.
PSG has not secured a victory at Lens’ Stade Bollaert-Delelis since 2014, suffering two defeats in their last three visits and drawing in the remaining match. Despite Lens slipping to seventh place after winning just one of their last three games, Enrique acknowledges the team’s strengths.
The 53-year-old Spaniard told a press conference: “They have all the ingredients a top-level team could want.
“They are almost unbeatable at home, they play good football and they get good results – and they don’t give you time to think.
“Each game is a challenge. Regardless of the level of the opponent, there is always a goal to achieve.
“Of course tomorrow we are facing a team almost unbeatable at home, who play good football, press high and take up good spaces when they are on the ball.
“They put in a lot of crosses and make it dangerous for you with their attackers, who are good at getting into spaces.
“But We already faced them at the Parc des Princes and it was a great game. If they (the PSG players) hadn’t been inspired, Lens would have won.
“It is a really good test for us at a fantastic stadium with an amazing atmosphere, so I am very excited.
“The only thing I wouldn’t forgive my team for is that if they are not brave or daring. That has been the case in every game this season.”
Luis Enrique won’t reveal PSG’s lineup against Lens
Additionally, the PSG manager, who witnessed his team secure a 9-0 victory against amateur side Revel in the French Cup in their recent outing, remained tight-lipped about his squad choices. Nevertheless, he expressed no grievances about the absence of Achraf Hakimi and Lee Kang-in, who are currently away on international duty with Morocco and South Korea, respectively.
Additionally, Enrique continued: “I am the coach and I decide who plays. We never complain about player absences. If I start to do that, imagine what the situation would be for other coaches in Ligue 1.
“We have to solve all problems that come up during the season.”
The manager ominously asserted that his defending champions, who are currently leading the table by five points and maintain an undefeated record away from home, would become stronger as the season advanced.
He explained: “I have known for a long time that we would be better in February. Of course you want the team to be a better team but the team will be stronger in February, March, April and May.
“I’m a really optimistic person and I think the hard work by the players is paying off.”