PARIS — Paris Saint-Germain left-back Layvin Kurzawa thanked his teammates after an unlikely hat trick within the Ligue 1 giants’ 5-Zero rout of Anderlecht within the Champions League on Tuesday.
Marco Verratti and Neymar scored within the first half earlier than Kurzawa helped himself to a few second-half targets at Parc des Princes, which can assist the France worldwide fend off a few of his critics due to a disappointing season to this point.
Talking after the ultimate whistle within the French capital, the 25-year-old defender selected to give attention to collective success, slightly than particular person.
“It’s because of the group that I scored the three targets,” Kurzawa instructed journalists. “I’m very pleased with the win and joyful to have saved one other clear sheet — I hope we proceed like this.
“After we take pleasure in our soccer, controlling the possession, taking individuals on, the supporters take pleasure in it and we all the time attempt to do our greatest for the followers, in addition to for ourselves.”
PSG coach Unai Emery was very pleased with the end result and felt extra happy by the efficiency than the Four-Zero win away at Anderlecht in Belgium earlier this month.
Like Kurzawa, the Spaniard additionally performed up the position of the Parc des Princes crowd for contributing in the direction of the spectacle.
“We acquired all three factors,” stated Emery. “It was necessary to carry out nicely in entrance of our supporters right here at Parc des Princes, they cheered us on all through the match. It was necessary to work exhausting for them.
“I believed we performed nicely for the total 90 minutes right here. Within the first recreation in opposition to them, we gave them an excessive amount of house and conceded too many possibilities. We gave them nothing this time. They solely had two or three half possibilities. That’s what we maintain working for — to maintain bettering as a group.”
Captain Thiago Silva felt that the heavy nature of the ultimate rating was the reward for a tough week of labor within the build-up to the encounter.
“I believe all our exhausting work this week has paid off,” the Brazil worldwide stated. “The entire group performed with a whole lot of character and need and I believe once we play like that, it’s troublesome for any group to return to face us on the Parc.
“We confirmed that PSG are very robust facet however now we have to maintain going.”
PSG chairman and CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi was delighted that the group have booked their place within the latter phases with two rounds of fixtures to spare and the Qatari boss pressured the “top quality” of the efficiency and the need to complete prime of Group B.
“I believe it was an important match for us,” stated Al-Khelaifi. “We wanted to proceed our profitable methods within the competitors, so a 5-Zero win does that.
“In addition to the top quality of our play, the 5 targets have been necessary. I believed we have been glorious tonight — it was the right recreation.
“We did the job and now we’ve to give attention to our subsequent match. Our predominant intention is to complete prime of the group. Now we have certified for the latter phases however a very powerful factor is to prime the group.”
PSG journey to face Angers this Saturday night in Ligue 1 earlier than the ultimate worldwide break of 2017.
Jonathan Johnson covers PSG and the French nationwide group for ESPN FC. Twitter: @Jon_LeGossip.