Paris Saint-Germain created a lot of chances against Lille – Unai Emery
Blaise Matuidi was happy with Paris Saint-Germain’s dominant 1-0 win away at Lille OSC but the midfielder admitted he and his teammates can still do better.
The France international was restored to the starting XI after coming on during the 0-0 draw at home to Olympique de Marseille last week as a substitute.
Matuidi told journalists in the mixed zone after the match at Stade Pierre-Mauroy he felt PSG “played very well” and emphasised the importance of “the possession we had and the opportunities we created.
“This evening, our performance was in a similar vein to that we produced against Marseille,” Matuidi added. “We had a lot of chances and we gave them very few. The difference was that we scored this time.”
The French champions’ coach, Unai Emery, was equally satisfied with the three points gained. The Spaniard acknowledged “it was not an easy game” but was upbeat about “creating numerous chances in the first half.”
However, the 44-year-old Basque tactician also noted “we lacked a clinical edge” but was relieved PSG were not punished for “not managing to put our chances away.”
“Lille defended well,” Emery said. “We maintained the same rhythm after the interval and I am happy because we created a lot of chances. It is important for our confidence to reclaim second place.
Thomas Meunier came in for Serge Aurier at right-back and the Belgium international was solid, if unspectacular.
The 25-year-old came into the game more in the second half and admitted he and his teammate did not find it easy “against a side that is so compact and plays so deep.”
“You have to focus on the three points,” Meunier insisted. “We managed to put away one of our chances and that is what made the difference. Personally, I felt very good, especially in the second half.”
Marquinhos kept his fifth Ligue 1 clean sheet of the season alongside captain Thiago Silva in central defence and the Brazil international told Canal+ he was delighted by the “control” and “aggression” shown by Les Parisiens in Lille.
Aside from “some set piece situations,” the 22-year-old did not feel Les Dogues posed any real threat and was relieved when Edinson Cavani “settled it” with his 10th goal in Le Championnat so far this campaign.
“You saw a better Paris than the one against Marseille last Sunday. We created a lot of chances and we took one after the break. It is up to us to find new options to beat these teams who play in a very compact manner.