Post-match quotes: D.C. United 1 - Paris Saint-Germain 1
D.C. United Head Coach Ben Olsen
On the friendly with ParisSaint-Germain:
"Historically,players are pretty revved up for these games. It's a great opportunity forthese guys and I think prepared mentally, and throughout the group, it was areally good exercise. We got some minutes for guys who haven't had a ton ofthem and the subs came in and did a good job. Overall, it was a pretty goodteam exercise."
On Ibrahimovic's goal:
"Iwill have to look at it again to see where our line was. It was a great play.He gave him [Daniel Woolard] a little shove and the ball was right there forhim. It was interesting that he chose not to shoot the 13-yard shot and choosea left footed curling ball. He's a pretty impressive guy."
On D.C. United's performance:
"Ithought our possession was as good as it has been all year. It was because ofthe fact that we just played simple. We didn't complicate, we just got the ballto the next guy and gave the next guy more time on the ball. Everybody wantedthe ball and we were confident.
"Ithought our outside backs did a good job of getting forward – we asked them todo that before the game. Dudar's passing helps us. Over 90 minutes, the amountof possession he gives you is real and I thought defensively he had a prettygood day too. Branko [Boskovic] was sharp, Perry [Kitchen] did his job, therewasn't too many performances that I wasn't happy with."
On Long Tan's first start:
"Ithought Long Tan put in a good shift. He was busy, his running off the ball isgood and his work rate is very, very good."
On looking ahead to Columbus:
"Myminds on Columbus. Our guys hopefully aren't too happy with themselves andcontinue moving forward in this League. I believe in this group."
D.C. United Forward JoshWolff
On being content with thefinal result:
"Ofcourse [I'm content]. I think we didn't start particularly well, or you couldsay that [PSG] started extremely well. They got a good goal, obviously, theybrought a big-time forward and that's what you get. They are littered withfantastic players. I think at first we might have been off struck and weren'tquite into it as much as we should have been, but then we settled in and gotsome of the possession. It was ok."
On the second half:
"Overall,I think the second half was fine. The rhythm got altered compared to the firsthalf. I think both times had plenty of chances to get more goals and at the endof the night our goalie made a couple of good saves and we missed a coupleopportunities. It happens."
D.C. United Goalkeeper BillHamid
On the team's attitude:
"Wedidn't want to come into this game with a relaxed attitude because they couldpunish us. We came out and proved what we can do. We moved the ball around,opened them up, got a goal and got a result."
On directing the defense tocontain Zlatan Ibrahimovic:
"Itwas demanding. I was definitely trying to make sure the guys knew whereIbrahimovic was. He's very smart, you can see it on the field. He was trying todrift off the defenders so the defenders turn the heads to look at the ball.All I did was let them know to keep an eye on him and it worked out well; hedidn't get any crosses in or any attempts on goal with his head."
D.C. United Forward DwayneDe Rosario
"Ithink by the way we played this is a boost of confidence. If we can play withteams like PSG, then we can play with any team. We just have to show up andplay with that same confidence."
PSG Head Coach CarloAncelotti
On Ibrahimovic's play:
"Wehave to be happy because he was also motivated to play - he wanted to play, andthat's good. The goal was fantastic - he showed fantastic ability in thatsituation. This is Ibrahimovic."
On Ibrahimovic's presencefor PSG:
"Wedon't change our style or our identity. Of course the teammates search him because he has the quality to keepthe ball, to pass the ball, to score. So it's normal that he will be more involved in our play."
On the American tour:
"Yes- I'm very happy. I told theplayers before the game, you know - we trained very well, we found very goodfacilities. The place to train atthe university was fantastic, to train there. We are happy. We did what we wanted to do. And now we come back in Paris, we have tobe focused on the next game, once we start our championship in 10 days. I think that the condition and thespirit of the team is good."
On D.C. United:
"D.C.United played a tough game. Thisteam is very dynamic, they show good football because they played from theback, showing a good ability. Played good organization. I think it was a good game for us, forour preparation. Was interesting game for us and I think that this game helpedus to improve."
On Ibrahimovic's commentscomparing PSG to Milan:
"Idon't know. It's not important, Ithink, to make comparisons with another team. The objective is to get better, our quality, our identity,our playing philosophy."
Paris Saint-GermainFC Forward Zlatan Ibrahimović
On his first matchwith Paris Saint-Germain:
"I feel good, very good. I mean I scored a goal, and mycondition is not 100%. I'm still working hard to reach 100% and I've beentraining with the team for 3-4 days. So, it's important for me to play today; Iplayed 30 minutes, and next game hopefully I'll play more and get in bettershape."
On the key differencebetween playing for AC Milan and playing for Paris Saint-Germain:
"This is a new team. This is something new, a beginning, andit's a new project going on and like I said, here is the future. Milan is alsogood and I had a great time in Milan and I did good in Milan. This is a newteam, new players, new experience, so it'll take time. Hopefully, it won't taketoo long to adapt to the team."
On Paris Saint-Germain'sgoals for the 2012-13 season:
"We're aiming for everything – we're in the Champions[League]. Of course a top team has to win everything – so, you have a top teamand you're only missing the winning things."
On his first goal withParis Saint-Germain:
"It was a good goal. [Jeremy] Menez gave me a good ball andI come into the space. I tried to fight the angle to shoot and I shoot with myleft and it went in."
On his main motivationat Paris Saint-Germain:
"I try always to be motivated. I've been here for three orfour days and I'm very happy to be here, to get to know the players. It was myfirst game, my first appearance and this is so over, so just to continue totrain hard and come in shape and to be 100% condition."
On why he thinks thatAC Milan will not be as successful as Paris Saint-Germain this season:
"Because they lost their two best players."
Paris Saint-GermainForward Péguy Luyindula
On the expectationsput upon Paris Saint-Germain:
"We feel that pressure. We're used to playing big teamsand we're used to winning titles for most of us. We're used to this level.Pressure is a good thing."
On if he thinks thatParis Saint-Germain will win the French League in 2012-13:
"We cannot say that we're going to win the league until weplay it. So, we're going to play our best and just see at the end if it wasthat small or not. I think before we speak, we have to win it."
On the biggestdifference between the Paris Saint-Germain of last year versus this year:
"There's a lot of change, especially a matter of money, andI think the coach and all the staff bring that."
On how he feels aboutfighting for his spot on the team:
"I think that's the rule when you play in the big clubs. I'mokay with that. It's been a long time I've played in the league here and I'vewon all the titles in this country. I like winning. It's difficult to play,it's better to improve yourself."
On his firstimpressions playing with Zlatan Ibrahimović:
"He's the star. In just one action, he can prove himself."
On what ZlatanIbrahimović is like in the locker room:
"He's a big personality. Most of the younger players are inadmiration of him because he did a lot and he's won a lot."