Paris Saint-Germain have returned to winning ways in defeating Stade Rennais before the international break. PSG needed to respond after their chastening Champions League group stage’s 4-1 loss against Newcastle United and Les Parisiens did just that. Goals from Vitinha, Achraf Hakimi and Randal Kolo Muani ensured Luis Enrique’s team departed Brittany with all the points at stake.
In his post-game press conference attended by Get French Football News, the Spaniard said he was happy with how PSG fought back after their St James Park humbling. “But I was happy too after the Newcastle defeat”, added the Spaniard, who evidently maintains his belief that Wednesday’s 4-1 scoreline did not reflect Paris Saint-Germain’s performance.
The former Spain national team manager also praised Vitinha for his performance against Rennes. The Portuguese midfielder opened the scoring with a stunning curling effort. “He is a player who adapts perfectly to our idea of football, a very complete player. He never loses the ball, he can dribble, make assists, score, and he knows what to do depending on the position of the ball. He’s an intense player and he operates at a high level.”
Finally, Luis Enrique spoke of Kylian Mbappé. The France skipper had an eventful game. He showed glimpses of his commanding best with his trademark bursts of pace but he failed to register a single goal contribution. He also missed an open goal after rounding past former France teammate Steve Mandanda. “It’s weird he did not score, but it’s only anecdotal. I liked what he brought in attack and in defence.“
GFFN | Bastien Cheval