Newcastle United fans have yet to recover from Wednesday night’s 4-1 battering of Paris Saint-Germain.
Newcastle United fans are still talking about the incredible 4-1 victory over Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain in their first Champions League home game on Wednesday night.
You can never take that away from the Toon Army, no matter how hard you try, and PSG boss Luis Enrique certainly appears to be trying.
Luis Enrique is struggling to come to terms with Newcastle’s setback.
Luis Enrique seemed to be battling with the reality of what transpired midweek in an interview with French site Le Parisien today.
While he does admit that Newcastle deserved to win, he is adamant that the score flattered Eddie Howe‘s side saying: “We didn’t deserve that result. We have looked back on the errors and the situations we can improve. Wednesday’s result doesn’t at
all reflect the scenario of the match. Obviously, we made errors that cost us goals, but the scoreline is harsh. In my career, I’ve lost a few times by a big margin, but when it happened, it was because the opponent was stronger. It wasn’t the case there.
“I am not here to say what people want to hear. I liked my team’s personality and attitude. Yes, Newcastle deserved to win, yes, there is margin for improvement, but the result doesn’t correspond with what we saw on the pitch.”
Newcastle’s players were always in the right positions
Granted, Newcastle had just 27% possession meaning PSG controlled the ball for a large part of the game, and if possession means points then yeah, it was an unfair result.
Unfortunately for Luis Enrique, it is goals that win games, and Newcastle had the upper hand throughout the encounter. Not only did Newcastle have more shots on target than Paris, but they also had more shots on target.
Whether Newcastle’s goals were the result of mistakes (Dan Burn’s), luck (Miguel Almiron’s), poor goalkeeping (Sean Longstaff’s), or divine intervention (Fabian Schar’s), the truth remains that Newcastle had players in the ideal spots to capitalize, and that was the difference.