‘All The Best,’ Okocha Sends Goodwill Message To PSG Ahead Bayern Showdown

 

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Okocha left PSG for Bolton in 2002.

 

Ex-Super Eagles captain, Austin Okocha is backing his former club, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) to win this year’s UEFA Champions League. 

The French team will face German giants, Bayern Munich in their first final in the competition at the 65,000-seat Estadio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal on Sunday.

And Okocha who played for PSG between 1998 and 2002, has sent a goodwill message to the Parc des Princes outfit, wishing them “all the best” as they file out against the Bavarians.

“I want to say congratulations to the players of Paris Saint-Germain and the manager for qualifying for the final of the Champions League,” the former Bolton skipper said in a video posted on PSG’s Twitter handle on Saturday. “I wish you all the best for the final.”

Okocha, 47, was listed in PSG’s Team of the Decade for 2000 to 2020 as the side marked their 50th-year anniversary.

During his four-year spell with them, the 1994 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) winner, played 84 matches, netting 12 goals.

He also won the Trophée des Champions in 1998, played between the winners of the French Ligue 1 and the Coupe de France as well as the now-defunct UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2001.

‘Impose Our Style’

Ahead of the final, Bayern head coach Hansi Flick says he trusts their high line defence and will resist making changes in order to contain fleet-footed Paris Saint Germain forwards Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in Sunday’s Champions League final.

 

File photo: Bayern Munich’s headcoach Hansi Flick arrives for the German first division Bundesliga football match Bayern Munich v Werder Bremen in Munich on December 14, 2019. Christof STACHE / AFP

 

“In our games over the last 10 months, we’ve always tried to impose our style on the opposition,” Flick said Saturday with treble-chasing Bayern on a 20-match winning run.

“We’ve always played with a high line and ultimately we’ve got results doing that so we won’t change too much. We don’t want to give too much space to the opposition.

“What’s important is we can press the opposition when we are in possession and make sure we cover the ground,” he added, should PSG’s forwards breach his defence.

Thierry Henry Confirms Retirement

Arsenal---Thierry-Henry-to-return-to-Emirates-and-end-his-career-as-a-Gunner-699One of football top players, Thierry Henry, have decided to hang his boots after leaving New York Red Bulls with the aim of returning to London to take up a role in the media.

The 37-year-old former Arsenal striker left the New York Red Bulls at the start of the month after they were knocked out of the MLS play-offs, but there was speculation he might choose to play on at another club – with a return to the Gunners mooted.

Henry has now made it clear that he will no longer continue his playing career and will start working as a pundit with Sky Sports instead.

“After 20 years in the game I have decided to retire from professional football. It has been an incredible journey and I would like to thank all the fans, team mates and individuals involved with Monaco, Juventus, Arsenal, Barcelona, New York Red Bulls and of course the French National Team that have made my time in the game so special,” a statement on his official website read.

“It is now time for a different career path and I am pleased to say that I will be returning to London and joining Sky Sports. I will hopefully share some of the insights, observations and experiences I have learnt over the years with you guys.

“I have had some amazing memories (mostly good!) and a wonderful experience. I hope you have enjoyed watching as much as I have enjoyed taking part. See you on the other side…”

Goal-laden career

Henry will always be most closely associated with Arsenal, where he is the all-time goalscorer with 228 goals in 377 games across two different spells.

Arsene Wenger, who had known him as a young player at Monaco, signed him from Juventus for £11million in 1999, and immediately shifted him from the wing to a central striking position.

His blend of pace and power made him one of the most feared forwards in English football, and Henry won the Premier League title twice with the Gunners, as well as the FA Cup three times.

Henry left Arsenal in 2007 and joined Barcelona, where he won the UEFA Champions League in 2009. He also added two La Liga titles, the Copa del Rey, Spanish Supercopa, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup to his honours list in three seasons at the Nou Camp.

His medal collection also includes a Ligue 1 title and Trophee des Champions with Monaco, his first professional club.

He spent the final five years of his playing career with the Red Bulls, returning to Arsenal to make four appearances on loan in early 2012.

With France, Henry scored 51 goals in 123 appearances – only Lilian Thuram has more caps with Les Bleus. He was a member of the 1998 World Cup winning squad, while also being a runner up in 2006. Henry was a European champion in 2000 and was part of the team that won the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2003.