Paris Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva has downplayed suggestions they’re out for revenge against Rennes for their Trophee des Champions showdown.
Following their shock Coupe de France final defeat to Rennes in April, Silva and PSG will have a chance to settle an old score with Julien Stephan’s men in China on Saturday.
Kylian Mbappe even conceded on Thursday that the cup final loss is still fresh on their minds. He also teased that PSG have “a little feeling of revenge” going on as well.
The Ligue 1 champions come into the tie on the back of a solid 3-0 friendly win over Sydney FC on Tuesday. Therefore, they hope to carry on their strong form and win a seventh consecutive Trophee des Champions.
But Silva insists revenge is not the agenda for PSG.
“No. Of course, it will be important to win this match and start the season with a trophy,” the Brazilian centre-back told the club’s website.
“Rennes are a very good side, physically, technically and mentally. They showed that at the Stade de France. On Saturday they will be ready.
“They are an intelligent team. We want to be ready for this match and the season. There’s a title at stake and it’s very important for us and for the club.”
PSG have signed the likes of Idrissa Gueye, Abdou Diallo, Pablo Sarabia and Ander Herrera during this summer’s transfer window.
Naturally, the big hope is that these four players will help the club re-establish their dominance in France and help them challenge in the Champions League.
“I hope they will settle in quickly,” said Silva.
“First of all, we will sit down and have a chat about everything, and then we’ll listen to them sing for their initiation. That will help them feel a little more comfortable with the squad.
“It’s important. I sang very badly when I arrived at the club, but the most important thing is to feel part of the squad, to feel comfortable.”
Silva and PSG’s Trophee des Champions clash with Rennes in Shenzhen, China will begin at 13:30 (CET).