PSG won 2-0 in the 18th round of the French League 1 against Lance in the 2023-24 season at Bollart Delilis, located in Lance, France, on the 15th (Korea time). PSG played without Lee Kang-in and Hakimi, who were called up to the national team for their participation in the Asian Cup and the African Nations Cup, but recorded the victory by showing off his unwavering performance with Mbappe’s one-goal and one-assist performance.
Coach Luis Enrique was asked about Hakimi, who played in the African Cup of Nations, at a press conference after the match against Lance. Hakimi, who is also playing for the Moroccan national team, has been a key side resource for PSG since 2021 after playing for Real Madrid and Inter Milan.
French media Le10 Sport reported that Luis Enrique was upset about Hakimi’s absence. When asked about Hakimi’s absence, Luis Enrique asked back, “Who is Lee Kang-in?” and said, “Campembe and Mendes can’t play either. Shkliniard is also a player who can’t play. I don’t know why you’re asking me that. As a coach, I have to do my best with the players I’m currently working with.” He added, “I have no reason to complain. Hakimi and others are key players of the team, but they are not here right now.”
Coach Luis Enrique has praised Lee Kang-in whenever he has the opportunity. After beating Toulouse with Lee Kang-in’s winning goal in the Trope de Champaign (France Super Cup) held on the 4th, Lee Kang-in is a player who can play anywhere. Lee Kang-in utilized a lot of space on the right side. He can change the way he plays without replacing players. It is a very important part for us.”
Lee Kang-in, who left PSG and joined the national soccer team, scored multiple goals in the first Group E match of the Asian Cup against Bahrain on the 15th, playing a leading role in South Korea’s 3-1 victory. Lee Kang-in scored the winning goal with a left-footed shot from the outside of the front of the penalty area in the 11th minute of the second half, and in the 23rd minute of the second half, he penetrated the right side of the penalty area and scored multiple goals with a left-footed shot to seal the victory.
Amid rave reviews of Lee Kang-in’s performance by local French media, French media LeQuipe said, “Lee Kang-in performed better than expected.” Ongz shed light on his performance, saying, “Lee Kang-in showed an explosive performance. He scored a brilliant multi-goal.” Le Parisien said, “Lee Kang-in scored a brilliant multi-goal and Korea is the most likely candidate to win the Asian Cup.”
After the match against Bahrain, Lee Kang-in said through Qatari media Gulf News, “No one on our team thought this match would be an easy one. There were good situations and bad situations. We tried to maintain our performance even when we scored and lost points. All the national teams are looking forward to winning the championship trophy, which they have not won in 64 years.”