When fans whistle Emery, they whistle PSG - Mbappe backs embattled coach

Annette Crawford
March 13, 2018

Youngster Christopher Nkunku made it three goals in two games with a double while Thomas Meunier, Kylian Mbappe and Thiago Silva also found the net.

Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima kept the score down with some fine saves in the second half, including from Liberia President George Weah's son, Timothy Weah.

"Everyone knows that we are disappointed, that we disappointed the fans, but we are trying to move forward again", said Mbappe."One match is not going to allow us to forget everything".

"The PSG project, I believe in it", the 46-year-old said at a pre-match press conference.

"We worked very hard to get our mentality right ahead of the game with Madrid", Mbappe was quoted as saying by Marca. And despite this season producing a worse finishing result than his time at the Stade Louis II stadium 12 months ago, he told FourFourTwo he is aiming to get his hands on the trophy someday, as well as every other out there.

Meanwhile Olympique Lyonnais built on their 1-0 win away to CSKA Moscow in the UEFA Europa League's round of 16 on Thursday buy claiming a first win in seven league outings, 1-0 against in-form SM Caen.

"I think he needs patience and consistency".

The win took Nice to seventh, just a point behind Nantes, who moved back up to fifth place with a 1-0 win that sent Troyes back in to the drop zone [18], leaving Rennes in sixth after Sabri Lamouchi's men snuck a 1-1 draw at home to Saint-Etienne thanks to Ismaila Sarr's late leveller.

The PSG boss has come under fire after the French giants' limp Champions League surrender to Real Madrid in midweek.

Having already damaged captain Thiago Silva's untouchable status, theoretically making it easier for his successor to appoint a new skipper, one final thing that Emery can do is bring a few youth academy starlets closer to first team action.

A clean sweep of the domestic trophies for the third time in four seasons is on the cards, although that will not completely make up for the disappointment of another underwhelming campaign in the Champions League.

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