´It wasn´t PSG´s finest evening´ – Pochettino pleased with a degree after below-par show

Mauricio Pochettino accepts Paris Saint-Germain weren’t at their finest within the 1-1 draw with Lens however believes a draw was a good end result.

Georginio Wijnaldum headed dwelling in stoppage time to salvage a degree after Keylor Navas had dropped Seko Fofana’s long-range drive into his personal web.

The end result meant PSG have now picked up 16 factors from dropping positions in Ligue 1 this season – greater than another staff within the massive 5 European leagues.

PSG allowed a spirited Lens aspect 18 photographs, and Pochettino acknowledged it was not a straightforward sport for his aspect, who are actually 13 factors clear on the high of Ligue 1.

“It’s a must to give credit score to Lens, who’re an aggressive staff who performed an excellent sport,” he advised a media convention.

“It wasn’t our greatest evening, however it’s good that the staff stored combating. Lens is without doubt one of the groups that provides us probably the most issue.

“We misplaced plenty of balls, particularly at first of the match, which prevented us from placing ourselves in the best positions.

“The result’s honest. We lacked just a little precision and freshness as a result of our busy schedule.”

Kylian Mbappe created Wijnaldum’s purpose with an excellent cross after being launched from the substitutes’ bench within the seventieth minute.

The France worldwide has now been concerned in 15 objectives in Ligue 1 this season (seven objectives, eight assists), with solely Robert Lewandowski (17), Karim Benzema (19) and Mohamed Salah (22) doing higher in Europe’s massive 5 leagues.

“I attempted to offer options to the gamers by making modifications,” Pochettino added. “Kylian has performed plenty of matches in a row, he felt just a little drained. We thought we needed to give him a breather.”

Whereas PSG did handle to seal a late level, they’ve now gone two consecutive Ligue 1 video games and not using a win for the primary time since Pochettino took over in January.

Regardless of that, midfielder Marco Verratti was happy with the end result, praising his team-mates’ character throughout a pulsating sport.

“Lens are a staff that performs in a really particular means; it’s a staff that I like rather a lot, they’ve plenty of braveness,” the Italy worldwide advised Canal+.

“It feels good to play matches of this nature; you can say just a little English fashion, with numerous probabilities on either side. It was a really intense sport, performed till the tip.

“We congratulate the Lens staff, however we additionally confirmed plenty of character. We wished to win right now, however it was very exhausting.”

PSG, whose place within the Champions League knockout phases has already been secured, tackle Membership Brugge of their remaining Group A sport on Tuesday, earlier than internet hosting Monaco in Ligue 1 subsequent weekend.

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