PSG coach Pochettino praises ‘enormous sacrifice’ of his players after the victory at Bayern Munich

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PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino praises ‘enormous sacrifice’ of his players after thrilling victory over Bayern Munich in Champions League quarter-final first leg

  • Pochettino was keen that his players would receive credit for the Munich victory
  • Mbappé scored twice to send the visitors to a 3-2 victory over Bayern
  • PSG coach warned that they still had work to do in the second leg to reach the semi-finals

Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino praised his players for their ‘enormous sacrifice’ after coming out on top in a thrilling encounter with European champions Bayern Munich.

Kylian Mbappe scored twice to send the visitors to a 3-2 victory over Bayern on Wednesday evening in a devious quarter-final of the Champions League.

On a snowy evening in the Bavarian capital, Mbappé scored his eighth goal of the league in the 68th minute, after Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting in the 37th and Thomas Muller knocked out a two-goal lead for PSG in the hour.

PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino was keen that his players would receive the credit for the Munich victory

PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino was keen that his players would receive the credit for the Munich victory

It was Bayern’s first Champions League defeat in more than two years and the first ever for coach Hansi Flick, who was unbeaten in his previous 16 games in Europe’s premier club competition.

“I am happy with the result and the attitude of the team, which was in difficult situations against the best team in Europe,” said PSG coach Pochettino.

‘We have to congratulate the players on their enormous sacrifice and we want to repeat this kind of performance.

‘When you win, it is always easier to explain your decisions, everyone thinks you made the right choices. The credit goes to the players, they are the protagonists, it is their quality that must be emphasized.

Kylian Mbappe scored twice for PSG in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final

Kylian Mbappe scored twice for PSG in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final

Kylian Mbappe scored twice for PSG in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final

Ninety minutes to play. It is a good result, but the return journey will be difficult. We know that, ”he added.

Despite defensive fouls, the Germans will still wonder how, with 31 shots to PSG’s six, 15 corners to one, and a string of golden opportunities, they failed to earn at least a draw.

PSG had stunned the hosts in the third minute via Mbappé, whose powerful low drive squeezed through goalkeeper Manuel Neuer’s legs.

The French champions were brutally efficient, scoring with their second chance of the match when Neymar chose Marquinhos with an accurate cross and defeated PSG captain Neuer in the 28th minute.

Mbappé opened the score with a powerful shot through goalkeeper Manuel Neuer's legs

Mbappé opened the score with a powerful shot through goalkeeper Manuel Neuer's legs

Mbappé opened the score with a powerful shot through goalkeeper Manuel Neuer’s legs

Marquinhos scored the second with a cool side-footed finish after being played by Neymar

Marquinhos scored the second with a cool side-footed finish after being played by Neymar

Marquinhos scored the second with a cool side-footed finish after being played by Neymar

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