One of the emblematic coaches of a 50-year-old PSG, Luis Fernandez was particularly marked by the transition to the club from an unmanageable Ronaldinho.
Passed on the Parisian bench from 1994 to 1996, with the key to a European title (the Coupe des Coupes) which is his pride, Luis Fernandez was recalled to the bedside of his favorite club in 2000, for a second bitter-tasting era. . ” My last stint on the bench was tough. Laurent Perpère (the president of PSG at the time, editor’s note) doesn’t know anything about football at all. It’s hard to work with a man with whom there is no relationship », Says the person in a river interview granted to the Parisian.
A year later, in 2001, a certain Ronaldinho arrived at the club from Grêmio. “Qhen Ronaldinho arrives at the club, I am warned: the management of the player will be difficult. The first season, he was perfect from A to Z: perfect player, perfect attitude. His mother and brother surround him, he was as fresh as a roach, he was running around. […] He is world champion at the end of his first year. The Brazilian coach comes to congratulate us, my staff and me, for the work done with him. We put him in the best position to grow. “
The Parisian romance with the Brazilian was however short-lived: ” In the second year, her mother and brother leave. He remains alone with his driver. When Nicolas Anelka arrived late at Real Madrid, he was suspended because there is an institution, a club, a regulation. Here in Paris, there was nothing. He starts to party, all the possible bullshit. He should have been our leader, leading us to the top, winning the title and the European Cup. He brings girls to his room during a greening. We were in the hotel lobby with the staff. We see four girls arrive. I asked my assistant Eric Blondel to follow them and they went to Ronnie’s room… “
“I could have recruited Trezeguet, Eto’o, Roberto Carlos”
This anecdote marks a turning point in this second phase of collaboration between PSG and Luis Fernandez. ” I phone the president the next day to summon the player to the Parkblows the technician. The president does not come and after he gave me a moral lesson! He did not assume. He told me between Ronnie and Luis, I chose. In the next game, the audience chanted my name and there I said: “The audience has chosen, you can go!” “With a player like Ronnie, we could have broken everything. We knew we had an alien. Sir Alex Ferguson had called us, he wanted to. He’s the greatest player I’ve coached with George Weah. The second year, Ronnie goes out big shows on matches he has targeted, like in Marseille. But football doesn’t work like that. You have to take out the show every day, at every match. One can only fall in love with Ronnie. But his second year was a disaster! “
Among Luis Fernandez’s other regrets at PSG, the management of Canal + during his first two years at the club. ” I could have recruited David Trezeguet, Roberto Carlos, Laurent Blanc and Samuel Eto’o in the team. I was in discussion with them. The four were about to sign. Canal + did not accept for budgetary reasons. The shareholder was not following me. Eto’o, however, wanted to come to PSG. Roberto Carlos was unknown to the battalion, he played in Palmeiras. The club was ok for a pittance. I got him on the phone, he gave me his consent. Jean-Michel Moutier (the sports director at the time, editor’s note) told me: “We have better on our shelves for this position. »He signed to Inter Milan then to Real Madrid. […] Trezeguet came for a 15-day trial. Canal did not want either. Laurent Blanc had problems at Saint-Etienne and we were ready to take charge of his salary. As for Christian Karembeu in Nantes. I wanted to bring my stone to the building. Everything was refused to me … “
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