Paris Saint-Germain defender Presnel Kimpembe was left frustrated after Manchester City defeat
‘We know we can do better, we have to kill games’: Paris Saint-Germain defender Presnel Kimpembe left frustrated after Champions League defeat to Manchester City
- Kimpembe, 26, was disappointed with his side’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester City
- Kylian Mbappe’s goal from close range gave PSG the advantage on the evening
- Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus reversed the equalizer to give City the win
- PSG qualifies for the last 16 after Club Brugge lost 5-0 to RB Leipzig
Paris Saint-Germain defender Presnel Kimpembe believes his team’s 2-1 defeat to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City on Wednesday was not a good reflection of their overall performance.
The French giants took the lead in the evening with a well taken goal from Kylian Mbappe in the 50th minute to put the visitors ahead, but goals from England international Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus turned the equalizer around and gave the Sky Blues the lead. victory.
PSG made it to the last 16 after Club Brugge were thrashed 5-0 at home to RB Leipzig in the other Group A clash, but Kimpembe admitted the loss hurt the English champions.
Presnel Kimpembe cheers PSG fans at the final whistle after his 2-1 defeat
Kimpembe (left) looks dejected after PSG lose to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium
“The number 1 target was to qualify, that’s for sure, but we are still disappointed by this defeat,” said the 26-year-old.
“We know we can do better. We are competitors and we don’t like defeat. What do we need to improve? We need to kill the games before.
“We also have to work as a team, center block, slide, and it will work.”
PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino, who is still associated with the job at Manchester United, insists he was happy with his team’s performance despite the result.
“There was no panic. They were better than us in the first half. If you look at the number of fouls we had, and the number they had, that’s right in the first half,” the Argentine boss told RMC Sport.
Pochettino instructs his side during defeat to Premier League champions
“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 up front, to open the scoring.
“After the equaliser, we had to make some changes. The team felt it, it struggled to compensate, which resulted in 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 conditions at the start of the season, it’s good to be qualified.”