Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery insisted his side can get better yet after they came from behind to score seven against Celtic on Wednesday and claim their record UEFA Champions League win.
Wednesday, November 22 2017
UEFA Champions League, Matchday 5 – Group B
Parc des Princes
Paris Saint-Germain 7 – 1 Celtic FC
Unai Emery (Paris SG coach): “We are happy, but we need to be humble enough to acknowledge that we can improve some of the little details. We will analyse the game to see what we can improve for the next match. But overall it was a complete performance from the team, even though it would have been better without conceding the goal. The objective is to finish first in the group and we are not there yet. We still have to play against Bayern and we have the 3-0 advantage (from their last meeting) but it will be a huge match and a very difficult one. Bayern are among the sides who could potentially win the Champions League. Sunday, away at Monaco – a side who have all our respect – will be a good test too. We will treat our other league matches with respect too but Bayern is the big match. Neymar? He is extraordinary. We want him to be on the pitch and he is happy out there. He enjoys himself and that means his team-mates and the supporters do too. There were a few matches where he stopped playing for different reasons but when he is on form physically and his mentality is right, he can play.”
Brendan Rodgers (Celtic manager): “In a strange way there were lots of good moments for us. We had a great start, with good intent, got the goal, and you could see the belief in how we were working and playing. We had real good focus and quality, and then we give the ball away in midfield and that gives them the chance to get the goal. It’s the spell after that we are most disappointed with. There are lessons for us – we can keep the ball a bit better, and secondly you’ve got to defend better, but you also have to admire the sheer quality of Paris Saint-Germain. They must have had 11 shots and seven go in, and with big quality. It’s a sore one, but I’m certainly not anywhere as disapponted as I was against Barcelona, funnily enough (a 7-0 defeat last season). Your professional pride is hurt because you lose seven goals and you’re not so happy. But it’s dovetailed with admiration for a side who I’d be very surprised if they don’t make the final.”