Club Brugge goalkeeper Simon Mignolet insists he “didn’t really have a lot of work to do” to keep PSG attackers Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe quiet in their Champions League clash
Club Brugge goalkeeper Simon Mignolet delivered a scathing assessment of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe after holding PSG to a 1-1 draw on Wednesday night.
Mbappe picked up the assist for Ander Herrera’s opening goal but he, like Messi and Neymar, had a quiet evening in the Champions League fixture after Hans Vanaken equalised for Brugge.
PSG managed just nine shots with four on target compared to the Belgian club’s 16 efforts and nine on target.
Mignolet, 33, was delighted with his side’s performance and revelled in the fact he was rarely called on to make a save despite PSG’s “incredible” attack.
“I didn’t really have a lot of work to do, we played very well collectively,” the former Liverpool shot-stopper told French outlet RMC Sport .
“We didn’t concede chances against a team with an incredible attack. You can’t mark them one on one, they have so much quality to get past you.
“We tried to defend collectively to not leave them with any spaces. I made two or three saves, that weren’t that difficult.”
Mignolet’s comments were echoed by Brugge manager Philippe Clement, who noted his side kept Messi and Neymar at bay for a whole 90 minutes.
“I have experienced many evenings here over the years, but I think this is the most beautiful. This is history,” said Clement of the draw.
“Not only because of the result, because that could have been even better, but especially because of the way in which it was done.
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“PSG is the best team that has played here in Jan Breydel [Stadium] for a long time. If you can deliver such a performance both offensively and defensively, then I am very proud of my group of players. We have made great strides.
“PSG have also gone for it. With the exception of Mbappe, they have left their stars on the field. This is just fantastic.
“We have often said in recent days that fantastic things can happen if you believe in it. the players today also proved.”
Clement went so far as to describe the match as the best of his career and the result will give Brugge hope they can qualify for the knockout stages.
Brugge travel to Leipzig in their next Champions League fixture later this month, while PSG welcome City to the Parc des Princes.