Guillermo Maripán: “We are capable of putting in a big performance” | OneFootball

Guillermo Maripán: “We are capable of putting in a big performance” | OneFootball

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·28 February 2024

Guillermo Maripán: “We are capable of putting in a big performance”

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Very solid this Sunday to allow AS Monaco to win their battle against Lens, the Chilean central defender spoke to the media about the big match of the weekend i n Ligue 1 poster against Paris Saint-Germain scheduled for this Friday (9 p.m.).

Like the team, he worked hard to bring back from the Stade Bollaert three important points. Valuable in duels during the battle won against Le Sang et Or (2-3), Guillermo Maripán is now fully focused on the new objectives for our Monegasques. It was therefore to talk about the visit of PSG to the Stade Louis-II (Friday, 9 p.m.), that the Chilean international spoke to the press. 🎙️


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Taki’ really has special qualities, he’s a great player and he showed that in Lens, by being as present offensively as in his defensive duties. He helps us a lot in his position.

A liberating win in Lens

It’s true that winning this match in Lens was very important for us, especially as it was against a very good Ligue 1 team who play intense football. And then to take three points in the last moments of the meeting, it is very good for our confidence, it has a certain flavor.

The performance of Takumi Minamino

Taki’ really has special qualities, he’s a great player and he showed that in Lens, by being as present offensively as in his defensive duties. He helps us a lot in his position. It is essential for us to see that players can go beyond their duties on the pitch, this shows the power and importance of the collective.

On Folarin Balogun

You have to know how to stay calm during the most difficult moments of a season. We know that there are phases in football. Balo’ is a very good player, a good teammate and a good person, who will have other chances to show his qualities.

I wouldn't say we're playing better in big games this season. We do not do things differently depending on the opponent. I just believe that there are teams who defend much lower and against whom it is more difficult to find solutions to score.

It should be remembered that he had a very good match in Lens, beyond the penalty. Now he needs all our support to regain his confidence. Once again he is a great player and he will continue to work to come back stronger.

On matches against the Top 5

I wouldn’t say we’re playing better in big games this season. We do not do things differently depending on the opponent. I just believe that there are teams who defend much lower and against whom it is more difficult to find solutions to score. It’s actually simpler when your opponent doesn’t close down the game.

Difficulties at home

As I have just explained, when a team sets up a very defensive system, it is much more difficult to find the openings. This requires more concentration, and not making easy mistakes in dangerous areas. It has perhaps been more difficult for us at home recently for this reason, as we have faced opponents who sit back.

On set pieces

It’s true that we have had some difficulties recently in these phases, particularly at home. It will therefore be necessary to pay particular attention to this area come Friday. In any case I can tell you that we work on this a lot on a daily basis in training, particularly on the aspect of concentration.

The big match against PSG

Paris Saint-Germain is a great team with great players. They are having a very good season, since they are the leader of the league, so it will definitely be a great match. But we know that we are capable of putting in a big performance, and we have shown it in the past by winning the last three times against them at the Stade Louis-II.

On the support of the President

No, I am not surprised (that President Rybolovlev is also present at our side at the moment, editor’s note) because he has always been behind us. I am very happy to see him more, and that he is more present at the Club or with the team.

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