Leonardo's remarkable intervention in front of Canal + cameras after PSG's victory over Olympique Lyonnais was not a coincidence.
It was not only on the lawn of the Parc des Princes that the Parisians performed on Sunday. While Thomas Tuchel's men confirmed their verve in attack by dominating Lyon 4-2 Leonardo took over after the meeting at the microphone of Canal + . Ten days before the shock of the knockout stages of the Champions League, the Brazilian sports director notably asked the media to be less negative with the club in the capital . ]
"I have taken a step back in recent weeks. It's the same "process". We are starting to say that we are not ready, that Ligue 1 is not at the level to prepare Paris for the Champions League, that the club does not know how to manage its stars. We have the right to be happy. The team is first with 12 points ahead. We made five victories and a draw in the Champions League ”, he launched, embarrassing: “ A negativity begins to emerge and to be created, I don't do not like. We have to get out of this. It’s for France, if we go to the final and we win, it will be good for everyone. It’s not forbidden to be happy. I'm happy, we have a great team and players. ”
A very remarkable exit after almost a seven-minute monologue. But no matter how good Leonardo is at communicating, he has had time to prepare his subject. To believe The Team the sports director of PSG had indeed promised the encrypted channel to come and speak in front of the microphones at the end of the game and the former midfielder even hesitated to participate in the Canal Football Club before competing.
For Le Parisien the 1994 world champion wanted to express himself because of the upheavals which have agitated the club of the capital in recent weeks, whether because of the reaction of Kylian Mbappé at the time of his replacement against Montpellier, the birthday of Neymar organized the next day or the excitement displayed against Nantes or Lyon. "This is why I came" he also agreed in the preamble to his speech.