Patchy PSG must do bet­ter, ad­mits Emery

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

PARIS SAINT-GER­MAIN coach Unai Emery ac­knowl­edged that his team are not yet up to the stan­dard ex­pected of se­ri­ous Cham­pi­ons League con­tenders de­spite their 3-0 win over Basel yes­ter­day.

Goals from An­gel Di Maria, Lu­cas and Edin­son Ca­vani, with a late penalty, gave PSG an ul­ti­mately com­fort­able vic­tory that keeps them on course to qual­ify for the last 16 from Group A.

Quar­ter­fi­nal­ists in each of the last four sea­sons, the French cham­pi­ons will likely se­cure their place in the next round if they pick up a point when they face Basel again in Switzer­land next month.

How­ever, Emery knows they must im­prove upon what was a patchy per­for­mance against un­lucky op­po­nents who were de­nied three times by the wood­work at the Parc des Princes.

“It is an im­por­tant three points but I am not as happy as I’d like to be,” the Spa­niard said after see­ing his side strug­gle in the first half and then im­prove as the game went on.

“The first half was not good. That’s true. We were saved by the posts but we scored, and at 1-0 the match opened up for us and we had chances.”

PSG missed the in­jured Thi­ago Motta but in the vet­eran Ital­ian’s ab­sence Adrien Rabiot per­formed well along­side Marco Ver­ratti and Blaise Ma­tu­idi.

Emery ad­mit­ted his team “need to work to im­prove” and he will hope for­mer Real Madrid and Manch­ester United star Di Maria can start to have more in­flu­ence on the side after he scored his first goal of the sea­son late in the first pe­riod.

The Ar­gen­tine came off to­wards the end after ask­ing to be re­placed be­cause of a mi­nor in­jury, but Emery said he did not ex­pect the prob­lem to be se­ri­ous ahead of this week­end’s meet­ing with bit­ter ri­vals Mar­seille.

PSG and Ar­se­nal are now level on seven points at the top of Group A, with the Gun­ners con­tin­u­ing their fine re­cent form by ham­mer­ing Lu­do­gorets 6-0. – AFP

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