On the eve of the crunch clash between PSG and OL (Saturday at 13:00 CET), former PSG player Elise Bussaglia shared her impressions.
Elise, tomorrow you return to Paris Saint-Germain, the club where you played for three seasons. What memories do you have of your time there?
Good ones. In my first season, Brigitte Olive began an excellent project to develop the PSG Women's team. The budget was augmented and there were some great signings. Sonia Bompastor and Camille Abily, who were playing the US at the time, joined us during the season [in the US league's off-season]. That year, we won the Coupe de France and then played in Europe the following season. They were some good years.
Paris seem to have taken on a new dimension this season, the women's team included...
Yes, the club really has moved up to the next levelthis summer with the arrival of the Qataris even though, last season, big changes were under way with the women's team. When I was there, we were at an amateur level, but it;s a very professional set-up nowadays. They have a lot more money, the squad is very strong and the technical staff has changed completely. Personally, I hardly know anyone there any more, but I think the team has been strengthened considerably.
What do you think of this Paris team, and how do you see tomorrow's match playing out?
Paris are one of the big teams; they're serious candidates for one of the top spots this season, so necessarily it iwll be a tough match on Saturday. We can't afford to be scared, though. I respect them, and I think they will manage to move us around a fair bit, but we've got what it takes to win. We'll need to be solid and to play as a team, making the most of the pace of our forwards if we're going to mix it with PSG.
On a more personal level, have you been satisfied with your performances for OL this season?
Not completely. I arrived in the summer, my world changed but more than anything, I've had a few injuries to contend with. And obviously that makes it tough when you're starting out at a new club! I also needed some time to find my marks, to work my way into the team, but for a while now it's been getting better and better. I'm back on the pitch, I'm playing match after match, and I feel a whole lot better.
TYou scored your first goals for OL... that must be reassuring for you.
Yes, and even though it's not necessairly my role to score goals, it always feels good to do so. I was lucky enough to score, so much the better, but it's not an objective of mine to keep doing it. My goal against Saint-Etienne [a half-volley]? I did my best to hit the ball cleanly as possible despite not being completely balanced. And I was lucky enough to see my shot take the right direction and go in. Great stuff!