The Moroccan is the purchase of the PSG that has started better this season. To the Mag team, which dedicates the cover to him, he says: “I had the intuition that I would be happy here, I was not wrong”
Formally it was the only real purchase of the great Parisian summer. Sixty million, plus a dozen in bonuses, however well spent. Because in this start of the season, the most prominent player, among the newcomers to PSG, is certainly Achraf Hakimi. Even more than Messi, Donnarumma, Wijnaldum of the bruised Sergio Ramos, and of the late Mendes graft. On Wednesday the former Nerazzurri got rid of the emir of Qatar’s club with a brace that allowed Pochettino’s team to beat Metz, in extremis, to collect three more points, and thus remain in the lead with full points ( 21). And anyway in Paris, everyone is already at his feet.
The newspaper of the capital, Le Parisien, thus dedicates a laudatory portrait to him. Inevitable after three goals and two assists in 7 Ligue 1 appearances. But what hits the local media is also Hakimi’s style off the pitch and in the training center where he may not be among the most expansive, but still good. humor. And extremely cordial, as also underlined by Pochettino: “I always ask the players how they are, but he is the only one who then asks me too”.
At PSG, the right-back immediately settled in at his best, taking advantage of an excellent physical condition that allowed him to immediately go on the pitch, even in the Champions League, in the draw in Bruges (1-1). Perhaps the least brilliant presence for the Moroccan who is considered an absolute star in the national team: “He is already one of the two or three best full-backs in the world – confirms coach Halilhodzic – and has everything to become number one”. Also thanks to Conte: “With him – explains the player to the Mag Team – we worked a lot, I analyzed many videos, made individual sessions and he made me improve a lot from the point of view of tactics, as well as positioning on the pitch. and aggression. By now defending has become a pleasure, but I’m also a modern, offensive full-back. ”
Equipe Mag therefore chose him for the opening of the new issue, on newsstands tomorrow: “I want to continue to stay at the top – explains the Marcelo fan -, and for this we need to work to improve myself”. For this reason, the 22-year-old born and raised in Spain chose PSG and not Chelsea who were courting him: “I had the intuition that I would be happy in Paris – he explains to the weekly -, and I’m already sure I wasn’t wrong “. In the French capital, Hakimi does not deny himself a few tours as a tourist, to discover the monuments and emblematic places of the city, from the Louvre to the Champs Elysées, in the company of his wife, the actress Hiba Abouk, and his little son born a year ago.
While on the pitch, there is an agreement above all with the peer Mbappé: “I don’t know who is faster between the two of us, but it’s all to the advantage of the team.” A technical feeling that offers great prospects also with Messi: “I played with Ronaldo and Haaland, I was just missing him. I will study it carefully in training to progress. We are getting to know each other, to build a technical relationship, but with him everything is easier: just run, give him the ball and then he will know what to do with it ”. There is no lack of ambitions, especially in the Champions League. A trophy that even Hakimi has already won at Real Madrid, where he was formed, before two years with Borussia Dortmund and the Scudetto with Inter Contiana. On Tuesday, however, it will again be necessary to make a difference on the wing and not miss the match against Guardiola’s Manchester City, already crucial to set the leadership of Group A.
24 September – 17:47
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