The Benin international has stressed the importance of Wednesday evening’s game to his Champions League-chasing side.Former Le Mans star Stephane Sessegnon has nailed his new colours firmly to the mast, claiming that Paris Saint-Germain must go to the Stade Leon Bollee with the intention of claiming maximum points if they are to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Les Parisiens are presently fourth in Ligue 1 and need to climb one place up the ladder to by the end of the month if they are to play in Europe’s premier club competition next season. Olympique Lyonnais are the side in their sights – les Gones are only a point ahead of PSG – but Toulouse and Lille are still in close attendance behind them if Paul Le Guen’s side slip.
“This is a must-win game for us,” Sessegnon declared, according to Ligue 1’s official website. “We come into this game after a slip-up at home [a 1-0 loss against Stade Rennais] when a win would have put us third. We simply have to win in Le Mans.
“I'm happy to be going back to my former club as I've kept good relations with my former team-mates and the club's staff. It's nearly a year since I've been to the Stade Leon Bollee so I'm happy to be going there. Their objective remains Ligue 1 survival. They haven't done quite so well just lately and I hope they bounce back, but in this game we need the points.”
PSG’s task will be made all the more tricky by injuries to Guillaume Hoarau and Ludovic Giuly, the club’s first choice strike pairing. In addition, this will be the first game les Parisiens have played since the announcement last week that Le Guen will not remain in charge of the Parc des Princes outfit after the close of this season.
“We have to stay professional, even if times like these are not easy to deal with,” Sessegnon explained. “After the season we've had and the defeat to Rennes, we just have to concentrate on the Le Mans game and not allow ourselves to be perturbed by events.”
Sessegnon has been hotly tipped to move to the English Premier League in the summer, with Chelsea touted as potential suitors.
Robin Bairner, Goal.com