After their miraculous and resounding victory against Bayern Munich in the quarter-final first leg of the Champions League, Paris Saint-Germain is in ideal position a week before the rematch. If the Parisian players appreciated their collective performance and their “solidarity”, they insist: the qualification is still far from being recorded.
Winners, almost miraculously, of Bayern Munich in the quarter-final first leg of the Champions League, on the land of the defending champion, the players of Paris Saint-Germain expressed measured joy on Wednesday April 7, at the end of the match. “We are only at half-time for a big confrontation. We return to Paris with a smile but we are focused on Saturday’s match in Strasbourg and we will attack the return match. [mardi prochain13 avril] with the same desire as today, reacted Kylian Mbappé at the microphone of RMC Sport, author of a double but especially aware of the way which remains to be covered to unbolt the statue of the Bavarian ogre.
Especially since PSG showed many shortcomings during a meeting where the club of the capital was outrageously dominated. If they all admit to having “suffered “, the Parisian players have not refuted the term “robbery”. “We suffered, we worked together, today everyone ran. This is only the first game, we will continue to work. There is still a very difficult meeting, but it’s hard to start preparing it right after this meeting, because we are KO “, insisted Julian Draxler.
Deprived of Marco Verratti, Leandro Paredes, Mauro Icardi, Alessandro Florenzi or Juan Bernat, the Parisians insisted on the “solidarity” which they feel they have demonstrated. “When Marquinhos came out [sur blessure], we remained serious. We showed the strength of the collective. The coach showed us what was wrong at half-time and it paid off in the second half “, welcomed Colin Dagba, who did not forget to credit his coach Mauricio Pochettino in this resounding victory.
The Argentinian’s (risky) plan worked, namely to absolutely seek to take advantage of the spaces left behind by the very high block of the Bavarians. By the pass, Angel Di Maria and Neymar offered the first two Parisian goals in this situation, the third occurring thanks to the provocation ball at the foot of Kylian Mbappé. “The coach wanted me to close the pass lines and take the depth to make them run and stretch the lines, that I also be a fulcrum. I was up to the challenge and it worked out well today “, noted the latter.
The striker was one of the most prominent protagonists in this quarter-final first leg. But who says great match, necessarily says exceptional performance of Keylor Navas. The Costa Rican goalkeeper folded only twice out of 31 shots suffered, making 10 decisive saves. “Navas does us a lot of good. After that, we must not rely on him, we must also do the work but it is sure that he is a great goalkeeper. We will have to stay focused in the return match, try to play like this evening and it is the collective that will pay “, insisted Colin Dagba.
PSG have become far too famous to miss out on their return matches in the Champions League knockout phase, even when a significant advantage is taken from the first leg. Asked about his approach for the next few days, one week before the revenge at the Parc des Princes, Mauricio Pochettino again turned on the cold water tap. “We will try to recover as well as possible, analyze the individual situation of each player. Strasbourg [samedi en Ligue 1] will also be a difficult game, which will be very important for us”, Did not extend the Argentinian, perhaps out of superstition or then to reveal nothing of his play after having won the first round.