Luis Enrique ‘thought that Ligue 1 was an easy league’ before joining PSG

Luis Enrique admits that he had reservations about the quality of Ligue 1 when he first joined Paris Saint-Germain in the summer. 

The club on the back of one of its poorer seasons had beaten RC Lens to a historic eleventh title, and its new manager who had yet to work in France, had preconceived notions of the task that awaited him when he took over. 

Something that the Spanish manager was willing to confess ahead of PSG’s Coupe de France quarter-final against early season rivals OGC Nice, the only team that has managed to beat Les Parisiens in the league this season. “Before arriving here, I thought that Ligue 1 was an easy championship, but it’s quite the opposite.” 

There’s a very high level among the players and the coaches,” Luis Enrique continued, “You could say to me: ‘You’re just saying this because it suits you, it makes you look better in the eyes of others,’ but no. It’s not something I say because I’m here. I say it because I sincerely think that it’s a league with a high level of competitiveness.” 

‘I have experienced it’ – Luis Enrique

In the manager’s last three league games, Les Parisiens have been held to three consecutive draws. A reminder for the Spaniard that even with a 10-point gap between them and current runners-up Stade Brestois, there are still some difficulties ahead for the leaders if they want to secure their twelfth league title.  

Luis Enrique finished by stating, “There is a lot of talent, a lot of young players who then leave for other leagues. There is also a very high level among the coaches. And I can say that because I have experienced it.

GFFN | Nick Hartland

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