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Before the UEFA Champions League resumes, Marco Asensio of PSG says, “I Have a Lot to Offer.”

<p>Marco Asensio, who won the Champions League three times with Real Madrid, feels he “has plenty to offer” Paris Saint-Germain in their most recent attempt to win the competition.</p>
<p>The 28-year-old, who left Real Madrid on a free transfer in the summer, was out for more than two months due to a foot ailment.</p>
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<p>But since the winter break, he has been a vital member of the team, starting the past three Ligue 1 games and scoring twice.</p>
<p>In the Champions League last-16 first leg on Wednesday, PSG will play Real Sociedad in an attempt to avoid losing to the competition for the third time in a row in the first round of knockouts.</p>
<p>Asensio has experience winning championships with Real Madrid in 2017, 2018, and 2022. He also scored a goal against Juventus in the championship game seven years before.</p>
<p>He responded to an AFP question on what he offers to a young PSG team rebuilding after the departures of Lionel Messi and Neymar by saying, “My football, my experience, and my leadership.”</p>
<p>“I think I have a lot to give; I’ve been in the football industry for a long time and have had my fair share of success.</p>
<p>“I can serve as a role model and inspiration for the younger players in the club.”</p>
<p>Under its Qatari owners, PSG has advanced to the knockout round in 12 straight seasons, but they have still yet to win the European Cup.</p>
<p>Messi, Neymar, and Kylian Mbappe as a front three were unable to bring the title.</p>
<p>Along with fellow strikers Lee Kang-in, Randal Kolo Muani, Ousmane Dembele, and Goncalo Ramos, Asensio was one of 13 new players brought in over the offseason.</p>
<p>The Spain international is sure that the team, led by new coach Luis Enrique, has what it takes to contend in the latter rounds of the largest club championship in Europe.</p>
<p>“We are on the right track, united, with the club, the staff, and the players, and I believe that we will accomplish great things,” he said.</p>
<p>We are all highly ambitious and get along nicely. We have already claimed victory over the Champions’ Trophy, and in a little while, the league, the French Cup, and the Champions League—three really significant competitions—will be determined.</p>
<p>“We compete in all events with the goal of winning.”</p>
<p>Luis Enrique is “extremely picky.”</p>
<p>After a sluggish start to the season, PSG has slowly improved under former Barcelona and Spain manager Luis Enrique’s tenure.</p>
<p>With 11 points separating them from Nice in second place at the top of the standings, the defending French champions seem poised to win the league with ease.</p>
<p>After finishing second in their Champions League group behind Borussia Dortmund, PSG went on to win 16 games in all competitions after a November setback to AC Milan.</p>
<p>Regarding his playing under his former Spain manager Luis Enrique, Asensio commented, “The relationship is good.”</p>
<p>“Having worked with him on the national team, I was already familiar with his working style, expectations for the squad, and demands of each player.</p>
<p>He is a very strict coach who, in all honesty, is among the greatest I have ever had in terms of professionalism, discipline, and standards both toward us and himself.</p>
<p>Despite losing Group F, PSG advanced to the last-16 draw and avoided elimination by Manchester City, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich, three teams who had eliminated them in the previous three seasons.</p>
<p>Asensio, nevertheless, cautioned his colleagues not to become too comfortable while facing Real Sociedad—who haven’t advanced to the quarterfinals since 1983.</p>
<p>Asensio said, “The matches will be difficult.” “I am familiar with La Real; they are a very proficient football squad that is highly productive.</p>
<p>“We will try our best to try to beat them and qualify, but it will be a difficult two-leg tie.”</p>