New Paris Saint-Germain head coach Unai Emery has urged fans of the club not to dwell on the past as he prepares to take the side forward without Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
After winning three consecutive Europa League titles with Sevilla, Emery was brought in to replace Laurent Blanc after the Frenchman once again failed to bring the club European glory in the Champions League.
However, the bigger news at PSG has been the departure of talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a free transfer to Manchester United.
Emery conceded that having the Sweden international in Paris was special but, now that Ibrahimovic is gone, he has urged everyone involved in the club to look forward.
“We start from zero,” he told reporters. “Zlatan in Paris. That was beautiful. I had something similar at Sevilla. But what happened in the past is over. Now we focus on the future and I’m happy and proud to be here.”
There is no doubt Emery was appointed because of his prowess in European competition and he is looking forward to the challenge of leading PSG in the Champions League.
“Expectations are very elevated at a big club like this, it is a club of winners,” he added. “What is the limit of this team? There is none.
“The Champions League? Of course it is an important aim, but there are others. Our goal is to continue progressing, improving and growing.
“There is great optimism. With the current team, I think we can achieve big things.”