PSG beat Angers to go top of Ligue 1
Published: 01:39 PM, 17 January 2021
Paris Saint-Germain defeated Angers 1-0 on Saturday and go top of Ligue 1 while Layvin Kurzawa found the net only, despite coach Mauricio Pochettino testing positive for Covid-19 before the game.
Despite coming down with a strong attacking side PSG could not test the opposing goalkeeper in the first half. However, they got a significant chance in the 27th minute before the break, Angel Di Maria passed Neymar into the box but the Brazilian forward's shot hit one of the opponent's legs and went out.
Angers could have gone ahead in the seventh minute of the second half, however, due to Navas' determination, PSG survived the journey. Layvin Kurzawa finally found the net in the 70th minute to secure the triumph.
"It was a very difficult match. Angers are a very well organised team," said Perez, the Spaniard who also worked for Pochettino at Espanyol, Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur.
"We were in contact with Mauricio. He spoke to the players before the match via video at the hotel.
"We spoke before the match, at half-time and just afterwards. We will of course be in contact during the week.
"We already know what we will be doing in training. Of course it's not the same without him, but we have been working together for eight years so we know what we need to put the emphasis on."