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Verratti not concerned by poor PSG display

October 15, 2016

Goals from Lucas Moura and Edinson Cavani sealed three points for the champions, and the midfielder insisted that the victory was what counted

Marco Verratti has claimed that he is not concerned with how well Paris Saint-Germain played against Ligue 1 strugglers Nancy, as long as they secured all three points.

Unai Emery’s side raced into a two-goal lead at Stade Marcel Picot on Saturday, courtesy of strikes from Lucas Moura and Edinson Cavani, who squandered a gilt-edged chance for a third soon after.

However, Nancy were the better side for much of proceedings, deservedly pulling one back through debutant Alou Diarra before having a penalty appeal turned down late on, but Verratti’s sole focus was on the win, not the performance.

“Before the game I said to myself that I don’t care if we don’t play well, as long as we win,” he said.

“We started very well, but after 2-0 we didn’t play with any rhythm at all. It was even harder in the second half. I know we played badly.

“It was very difficult, and we’d hardly trained together because of the international games, but we have the win.”

The victory takes PSG – who face Basel in the Champions League on Wednesday – up into second place on 19 points, four adrift of Ligue 1 pace-setters Nice, who despatched Lyon 2-0 on Friday.

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