Drax: We are only go­ing to im­prove

Evening Times - - SPORT - By DAVID BAR­CLAY

PSG mid­fielder Ju­lian Draxler has warned the rest of Europe that the French cham­pi­ons still have plenty of room for im­prove­ment – de­spite thrash­ing Celtic 5-0.

The Ger­man in­ter­na­tion­al­ist made a sec­ond-half sub­sti­tute ap­pear­ance in Glas­gow on Tues­day night and played his part in the fourth goal af­ter Mikael Lustig turned Draxler’s cross into his own net.

PSG, who spent a stag­ger­ing £364 mil­lion on Ney­mar and Kylian Mbappe dur­ing the sum­mer, are sec­ond favourites to win the Cham­pi­ons League be­hind hold­ers Real Madrid.

Unai Emery’s side host Bay­ern Mu­nich in their sec­ond Group B match on Septem­ber 27 and Draxler in­sists there is still a lot more to come from the Paris club.

He said: “I hope we can im­prove be­cause we have to if we want to go far in this com­pe­ti­tion. We’re happy for the mo­ment but we we have to con­tinue like this.

“Now the game is fin­ished we’re look­ing for­ward to the next game in the Cham­pi­ons League against Bay­ern Mu­nich at home.

“First of all it was im­por­tant for the group stage that we got the first three points, it’s al­ways im­por­tant to start good.

“I think the teams know we are good but in the Cham­pi­ons League it is the small things that are im­por­tant in the end. It’s a good start.”

For­mer Barcelona star Ney­mar and Mbappe, who has joined on an ini­tial loan from Monaco, were both among the scor­ers at Celtic Park and Draxler in­sists it is no sur­prise that the pair have gelled seam­lessly.

He added: “Good play­ers al­ways get to know each other fast and you can see that on the pitch.

“It was the per­fect start to our Cham­pi­ons League cam­paign, in the first half we did a great job. At half time it was 3-0 and that made it a lot eas­ier for us.”

Ju­lian Draxler sounded warn­ing about PSG form

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