Luis Enrique, after PSG vs. Newcastle (1-1): “We deserved to win”

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PSG managed to avoid a tricky situation against Newcastle (1-1), and Luis Enrique, after the match, assessed his team's performance and explained his initial choices. The team retains all its chances to advance to the Champions League round of 16 in the final matchday against Dortmund.

In a fervent Parc des Princes, Kylian Mbappe scored a penalty in the final moments. This draw against Newcastle allowed the team to control its destiny before facing Dortmund on December 13th in the group's final matchday. With a victory, Parisians would secure the top spot in the group.

The coach believes they deserved to win and highlights his team's resilience despite being behind for much of the game (h/t LeParisien): "I think we deserved to win. We had a very complete game, we were better than Newcastle, and the result doesn't reflect that. But it's football; the best team or the one that creates the most opportunities doesn't always win."

Enrique also justified changes in the lineup, emphasizing Danilo's ball quality, and expressed satisfaction with Mbappe's performance while rejecting the notion that lack of experience was a problem.

In his match analysis, Enrique acknowledges that football can be unfair but emphasizes his team's superiority in terms of possession and opportunities. He thanks the fans for their support and highlights the exceptional nature of the situation.

Looking ahead to the Dortmund match, Enrique comments that they now depend on themselves. A victory would place them at the top of the group, but he also notes that a draw could eliminate them. He recognizes the difficulty of the group but underscores that the crucial aspect is they have control, and the goal is to win against Dortmund.