Paris Saint-Germain defender Presnel Kimpembe claimed that the team’s 2-1 defeat on Wednesday night in the Champions League at the hands of Manchester City was a fair reflection on the potential of the French team.
Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus were able to help the English giants mount a comeback victory at the Etihad Stadium after Kylian Mbappe helped the Parisians take the first lead of the game. This game can also be considered as the meaning of BTTS betting, as both teams registered at least a goal in the game.
The Etihad outfit had a slightly better performance in the span of 90 minutes but Kimpembe insists that there is more that could come from his team.
Although the Ligue 1 giants made it through to the last 16 due to Club Brugge’s defeat at the hands of RB Leipzig, Kimpembe admitted to the media that a defeat from a rival always hits hard.
Speaking to the media, Kimpembe said: “The number one objective was to qualify, that’s for sure. But we are still disappointed by this defeat,” he told reporters after the match.
“We know we can do better. We are competitors and we don’t like defeat. What do we have to improve on? We have to kill the games earlier.
“We also have to work as a team, middle block, sliding… and that will do the trick.”
Mauricio Pochettino also spoke to the media following his team 2-1 defeat at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night, he said: “There was no panic. They were better than us in the first half. When you look at the number of fouls we had, and the number they had, that’s the truth of the first half.
“There is a real difference between the two teams. We started the second half better, the team came out more. We had the chance to be in front, to open the score. We had to make some changes after the equalizer. The team felt it, it had difficulty to compensate, which gave the second goal.
“We will especially remember the second half, it is the face we wanted to see. I am very satisfied with all the players. Given the circumstances at the beginning of the season, it’s good to be qualified.”
Bernardo Silva, on the other hand, was excited to see his team claim a spot in the knockout stage of the Champions League once again, while pointing out that keeping PSG attacking trio Lionel Messi, Mbappe and Neymar in check for the whole 90 minutes is a significant feat to be proud of.
Speaking to BT Sport, the Portuguese attacker said: “Very happy to win the match. And to go through as winners of the group. A good performance, a good win. It is just one game but we are through to the last 16.
“It was frustrating in the first half as it felt like we were controlling the game. We were pressing high, winning the ball and having possession but we weren’t scoring.
“After conceding the team had a great reaction. You are never safe. You give space to Messi, Neymar, Mbappe they can create chances.”
Bernardo played a pivotal role in helping the English giants succeed in mounting their comeback victory at the Etihad Stadium, having created the assist to Gabriel Jesus, who scored the match-winner on Wednesday night.