Emery pleased to go top; Ancelotti defends selection

Date published: Thursday 28th September 2017 8:21

PSG coach Unai Emery said his side’s Champions League victory over Bayern Munich had fulfilled their desire to lead Group B.

The French side won 3-0 with goals from Dani Alves, Edinson Cavani and Neymar.

Emery told the club website: “We took three points tonight, that’s a good thing.

“We wanted to win to take the lead of this group, it is done. It was important for our supporters to enjoy this evening.

“We were able to adapt tactically against Bayern, who played high (up the pitch) against us.”

PSG took the lead in only the second minute when Neymar swerved his way into the penalty area and teed up Dani Alves.

Kylian Mbappe laid on the second before half-time after a swift break down the right and Cavani applied an emphatic finish for his 10th goal in as many appearances.

Mbappe also provided the assist for Neymar, tricking his way into the box in the 63rd minute before playing the ball across goal for the Brazilian to pounce from close range.

Carlo Ancelotti accepted he will be criticised after opting to start with Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery on the bench.

“I don’t think my team selection was risky,” said the Italian. “I thought a lot about what the best team to play was.

“I know I will get criticism, that’s fine. I thought it was a good line-up for this game.”

Whether either Robben or Ribery would have made a difference to the outcome is debatable. Bayern had plenty of possession, but lacked their usual clinical efficiency, while few teams could have denied PSG, who were ruthless on the break.

“We didn’t have the power to avoid their counter,” Ancelotti added. “In the first half, we had good control of the game, good possession, some chances.

“We were not dangerous enough and we didn’t have balance. They played the whole game looking for the counter-attacks and we couldn’t control that.”

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