Mauricio Pochettino critical after Lionel Messi's 1st Paris Saint-Germain loss


Mauricio Pochettino has pointed the finger at his side's poor finishing despite starting Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar in Paris Saint-Germain's shock 2-0 defeat to Stade Rennais on Sunday.

The Parisian club suffered its first loss of the 2021/22 campaign after Bruno Genesio's Stade Rennais emerged victorious on Sunday afternoon, ending PSG's 10-game Ligue 1 winning run.   

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The French giants failed to register a single shot on target in the match as the star-studded attack of Messi, Neymar, Mbappe and Angel Di Maria seemingly continue to find their feet together, while Ghanian youngster Kamaldeen Sulemana stole the headlines with a scintillating display as he set up Rennes' opening goal.

Despite losing, Les Parisiens remain top of the Ligue 1 log with a six-point lead over second-placed RC Lens, but manager Pochettino has insisted that a lot of work is still needed.      

"We're sad because we played 25-30 minutes at a very good level. The only thing we haven't been able to do is score," the 49-year-old said in a post-match press conference, per Sportskeeda. 

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"The first goal we conceded at the very end of the first period and the second at the very start of the second was very hard for the whole team. 

"We created chances for ourselves, but we were a bit unhappy. We have to stay positive, continue to work, we now have two weeks to recharge the batteries.  

"The emotional impact when we conceded the goal on the first move was huge. When we started the second, it was difficult for us, and they managed to believe more and more in their luck. 

"It's been a very intense time for the team and we have to get over that. This negative result must lead to our self-criticism, we cannot be satisfied with it, but there are also positive things to keep, we have to find the right way to play and the right balance for the team." 

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