Loss against Athletic Bilbao a blessing in disguise – Antoine Kombouare

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Loss against Athletic Bilbao a blessing in disguise – Antoine Kombouare

Paris Saint-Germain coach Antoine Kombouare is not disappointed after their 2-0 defeat to Athletic Bilbao on 29th September, 2011 in the second round of group stages of the UEFA Europa League.  The Kanak coach said that the defeat is a blessing in disguise for the capital club.

PSG tasted their first defeat in eleven competitive games at the hands of Los Leones at San Mames. Coach Kombouare is optimistic and believes that this defeat is a wakeup call for Les Rouge-et-Bleu.

In an interview to French publication Les Parisien, the 47-year-old coach was quoted saying, “I think that this defeat is beneficial. We had almost forgotten what it was like to lose and how much we hated defeats.”

The Kanak coach further added, “I expect a reaction from my player. Today, all lights are red. And this will allow us to be more focused, more attentive and have a spirit of revenge.”  

Les Parisiens conceded two goals in the first half of the game and lost Mohamed Sissoko early in the second half, after the former Juventus defensive midfielder was shown two yellow cards. 

Antoine Kombouare said that PSG must learn a lesson from this game. He further added that if Les Rouge-et-Bleu forget the fundamentals of football, more specifically not defending and the lack of commitment in the tackle, they will face more problems in the future encounters.

PSG have only lost twice in their 2011/12 campaign. Following their heavy investment in the 2011 summer transfer window Les Rouge-et-Bleu appear to be in top form to qualify for the knockout stages of 2011/2 UEFA Europa League.

A tough competition awaits Paris Saint-Germain in the domestic competition, as they play hosts to seven-time Ligue 1 champions Olympique Lyonnais in Week 9 of the 2011/12 Championelle. The French tactician is not worried about his team’s abilities. “We’ll see on Sunday, but I have no fears,” said the former Valenciennes coach.

PSG are tied in place with Olympique Lyonnais and Toulouse FC. Antoine Kombouare will be looking forward to their clash with the Rhone club and a will be hoping to maintain their top spot. A win at Parc des Princes will certainly prove to be a morale booster for the capital club. 


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