Despite his side’s 4-1 defeat on Tyneside, Paris Saint-Germain manager Luis Enrique has maintained that he liked the personality shown by his side against Newcastle United.
Eddie Howe’s Toons made the most of PSG’s defensive mistakes with Miguel Almiron, Dan Burn, Sean Longstaff and Fabian Schär all finding the back of Gianluigi Donnarumma’s net. PSG left-back Lucas Hernandez scored a consolation goal for the visitors.
Luis Enrique said at the time that the scoreline flattered Newcastle. “We didn’t deserve that result,” said the Spaniard, who succeeded Christophe Galtier as PSG manager in the summer. It was a resolute Luis Enrique who spoke to the media on Saturday, ahead of PSG’s clash against Stade Rennais on Sunday evening.
He maintained his stance that the 4-1 defeat was not deserved and added that he liked his team’s personality. “We have looked back on the errors and the situations we can improve. Wednesday’s result doesn’t at all reflect the scenario of the match. Obviously, we made errors that cost us goals, but the scoreline is harsh,” began Luis Enrique, in an interview transcribed by Le Parisien.
“In my career, I’ve lost a few times by a big margin, but when it happened, it was because the opponent was stronger. It wasn’t the case there. I am not here to say what people want to hear. I liked my team’s personality and attitude. Yes, Newcastle deserved to win, yes, there is margin for improvement, but the result doesn’t correspond with what we saw on the pitch,” he added.
After a difficult week, which includes a draw against Clermont Foot, and a heavy Champions League defeat against Newcastle, PSG will look to finish it on a high at Roazhon Park on Sunday night.
GFFN | Luke Entwistle