Verratti set for reunion with old mentor Ancelotti
- Author: Julie Sanders Sep 28, 2017,
Sep 28, 2017, 15:28
French newspaper L'Equipe claimed Neymar and Cavani had to be kept apart following a 2-0 French league win over Lyon earlier this month in which Neymar took a penalty over Cavani. PSG would dominate the opening minutes off that momentum, but they started to back off Bayern a bit and gave the Germans a chance to create a long, sustained spell of attacking play that nearly netted them several goals.
Some minutes later, Neymar then set up Cavani for a chance which he missed.
PSG retaliated immediately with a counter attack of their own but Neymar uncharacteristically shot way off the mark. Mission accomplished. There was a lot of expectation and we played a really good game.
Asked about his decision to let the former France global - Bayern's longest serving player - languish on the bench for 90 minutes, Ancelotti said: "I have the same relationship with all the other players that were on the bench".
PSG boss Unai Emery included six players from that game yet it was new addition Kylian Mbappe who stole the show with an outstanding attacking display which included two assists. One of our objectives is to win the Champions League. We are not leading La Liga and it's good to return to that winning mentality, to have more confidence starting now.
The last time PSG played one of Europe's biggest clubs in the Champions League they were crushed 6-1 by Barcelona at the last-16 stage last season.
The five-times competition winners stepped away from their regular game plan of ball retention and patience, and instead chose a more direct route, with it was clearly evident the German side were looking for space in-behind PSG's back-four through a long-ball technique. You could say you can defend that better.