Paris St Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino warned that it might take a while for his formidable attacking trio to shine after they disenchanted in a 1-1 draw at Club Brugge of their Champions League opener on Wednesday.
Lionel Messi hit the woodwork on his first begin with PSG however he failed so as to add to his 120 targets within the competitors, whereas Neymar was vastly disappointing and Kylian Mbappe limped off the pitch injured after organising Ander Herrera for the opening aim.
It was the primary time the three attacking gamers have been collectively on the sector and so they struggled to seek out one another and create area in opposition to a compact Belgian facet.
“It requires time for them to shine together,” stated Pochettino.
“It requires work. I had made it clear that we’re not a team yet, we have to work for this.”
Messi and Neymar, beginning on the flanks, left the fullbacks uncovered and Brugge exploited the area with a powerful collective efficiency as PSG’s midfield was almost non-existent within the absence of the injured Marco Verratti.
That prompted Pochettino to switch Leandro Paredes with Danilo and Georginio Wijnaldum with Julian Draxler however to no impact.
“We needed more consistency and more fluidity. We made too many mistakes,” Pochettino defined.
“But despite all this I’m satisfied with the players. We have to keep calm and keep working.”
PSG are two factors behind Manchester City who demolished RB Leipzig 6-3, two weeks earlier than the Ligue 1 facet tackle the Premier League champions on the Parc des Princes.