Mauricio Pochettino insists his all-star £361MILLION frontline of Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar was NOT to blame for PSG’s disappointing draw against Club Brugge in their Champions League opener
- Paris Saint-Germain drew their first group stage match against the Belgian side
- Ander Herrera put them in front but they were pegged back by Hans Vanaken
- Manchester City and RB Leipzig are the other competitors in a stacked Group A
- But Mauricio Pochettino refused to pin the result on his stellar trio of forwards
Mauricio Pochettino has insisted his stellar front three were not to blame for Paris Saint-Germain’s disappointing draw in their Champions League opener against Club Brugge.
Philippe Clement’s unheralded Belgian side held one of the competition favourites to 1-1 at the Jan Breydel Stadium on Wednesday evening despite PSG lining up with all-star, £361million trio Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar up front.
Pochettino admitted to RMC Sport that the attacking triumvirate did need to time gel, but refused to lay responsibility at their door, instead lamenting the lack of solidity across the whole pitch.
Mauricio Pochettino refused to blame his stellar front three for PSG’s 1-1 draw against Brugge
The French side had a disappointing night in their Champions League opener on Wednesday
He said: ‘We know we have to improve. That’s not an issue for me. I’m happy with the forwards’ defensive work. We need to be tougher in other sectors of play.
‘They need playing time to get to know and understand each other; to play together to succeed, but that wasn’t the issue tonight.
‘We weren’t solid enough for a Champions League match. We’re not happy with the result or the performance, we know we have to do better.
But boss Pochettino (pictured) instead pinned the result on a lack of solidity across the pitch
‘We have a magnificent group of players, what we need to do now is find a defensive and offensive structure. We need time.’
Both sides are now on one point in a stacked Group A, with Manchester City top and RB Leipzig bottom after the Premier League champions beat the German side 6-3, also on Wednesday.
The French giants, however, have started the domestic campaign brilliantly and lie top of Ligue 1 with five wins from five matches and a goal difference of +11.