Tuesday May 04, 2021. 10:00
Nigerian legend Jay-Jay Okocha has explained that he would have loved to play in the current Paris Saint-Germain team, alongside superstars such as Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria.
The former Super Eagles playmaker was on the books of PSG from 1998 to 2002, helping the club win the Trophee des Champions (1998) and UEFA Intertoto Cup (2001).
Yet Paris have come a long way since Okocha’s time in the French capital, with massive investment from their Qatari owner attracting some of the world’s top talent.
Last season PSG reached the UEFA Champions League final for the first time, narrowly losing out to Bayern Munich, while tonight they will look to overturn a 2-1 deficit in the second leg of their semifinal against Manchester City.
Okocha admits that the current PSG side is far stronger than during his day, explaining that he would have enjoyed playing alongside their current crop of stars.
“I think PSG are working very well. They are almost where they want to be as they are getting closer to their goal of winning the Champions League,” the Nigerian told Canal+, as per ItaSportPress.
“They have laid a good foundation because all the great players want to play for PSG. I think they have to maintain these results and stay at the top.
“I, too, would have liked to play in this team. The current team is certainly stronger than it was when I was playing.”
PSG will be without Senegalese midfielder Idrissa Gueye for their match in Manchester due to suspension. The aggregate winners will go on to face either Chelsea or Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Turkey later this month.