PSG confirmed this Saturday the withdrawal of Kadidiatou Diani for the semi-final first leg of the Women’s Champions League against Barça.
Fallen from the five-time defending champion from Lyon in the previous round, PSG now hopes to eliminate Barcelona and qualify for the final of the Women’s Champions League. Problem, the group of Olivier Echouafni will be cut off from one of its main offensive elements with the package of Kadidiatou Diani for the first leg this Sunday (3 p.m.) in Paris. Victim of a sprained ankle during the gathering of the France team in mid-April, the player suffered a relapse during the quarter-final return won against OL (1-2).
“The Lyon match left a lot of traces because it was a high intensity match. We will have a practically complete group and we will just miss Kadi Diani, said the Parisian coach this Saturday at a press conference. unfortunately took a fairly significant blow in the last minutes of the match. We are doing everything to make it available in the coming weeks. “
Echouafni: “The hard part begins”
Deprived of the first leg scheduled for Sunday at the Georges Lefèvre stadium in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Kadidiatou Diani now hopes to return in time for the second leg in Catalonia on Sunday 2 May. Even without the French striker, PSG will not lack ambition against the Catalan armada.
“I told the players that the hard part begins. But at the same time, I am rather reassured by the state of mind that there was immediately after the match against Lyon, Olivier explained. Echouafni on the eve of the duel against the Blaugrana club. We knew it was a great performance, we went to seek this qualification with a lot of self-sacrifice and character. But I felt the group and the girls fixed on the future . And the rest is Barcelona. It gives me a lot of comfort in my desire to go to the end. “