Paris Saint Germain (PSG) coach Mauricio Pochettino stated that his workforce is “able to doing something” as he praised the gamers for his or her “excellent” efficiency after victory over Barcelona.
Kylian Mbappe’s hat-trick powered PSG to a 4-1 win towards Barcelona within the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie right here on Wednesday.
“Whenever you win, you might be at all times glad after which the efficiency was excellent. The gamers deserve every part and we really feel very pleased with our gamers for his or her implausible match,” the membership’s official web site quoted Pochettino as saying.
“However now we must be centered on the sport towards Monaco and this was solely the primary leg and we nonetheless have to play the second leg in Paris. However we confirmed that taking part in in the way in which we did at this time, with that depth and customary, this workforce is able to doing something,” he added.
Throughout the match, Barcelona had the higher of the early levels with Keylor Navas thwarting Antoine Griezmann earlier than Lionel Messi opened the scoring within the 27th minute from the penalty spot after Frenkie de Jong was tripped by Layvin Kurzawa.
Paris responded emphatically as Mbappe thumped within the equaliser, and Pochettino’s males would have led at half-time had Marc-Andre ter Stegen not denied Kurzawa.
Mbappe swept house his second after Alessandro Florenzi burst in behind the house defence, then Moise Kean headed in a Leandro Paredes free-kick to place the guests in a commanding place.
Mbappe accomplished his hat-trick within the 85th minute, sealing a luxurious win for his facet. Mbappe’s triple strike took him previous Pauleta because the third-highest scorer in PSG historical past on 111 targets. “@KMbappe tonight turns into the third highest scorer within the historical past of Paris Saint-Germain!” PSG tweeted.
PSG and Barcelona will tackle one another within the second leg on March 11.
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