Rabiot: ‘Juventus better against PSG than in Serie A’

Adrien Rabiot is ‘a bit angry’ after PSG’s win over Juventus ‘especially because of the first half’ but saw improvements compared to league games.

The Bianconeri suffered a 2-1 loss in Paris in the opening game of the Champions League Group H. Kylian Mbappé scored twice in the opening 22 minutes, and Weston McKennie’s goal in the second half wasn’t enough for the Old Lady to get a result in France.

“We started badly, especially the opening 20 minutes, we suffered, we sat too deep, but then we played well in the second half,” Rabiot told Canale 5.

“We could have done even more, being more clinical. I am a bit angry, especially because of the first half. We conceded two early goals, too early, and the game changed.

“We proved that we could do better in the second half, we had chances, but we must continue to work and think of Benfica at home [in the next game].”

Rabiot started the game and was booed by his former fans when he was subbed off in the second half.

The Bianconeri host Salernitana in the next Serie A game on Sunday, while Benfica travel to Turin next week for the second game in the group stage.

The Portuguese side beat Maccabi Haifa 2-0 tonight.

“We have to work, find the right system and the right players on the pitch, but I think that tonight we did better than in league games,” admitted Rabiot.

“Unfortunately, when we lose there is always criticism for the players and the coach.

“We reacted well in the second half and I am glad of it, we showed good things but we must work, it’s a long season and we know it.”

Rabiot scored 24 goals in 227 games with PSG before his free transfer to Juventus in the summer of 2019. He has scored six goals in 132 appearances with the Bianconeri and returned to Paris for the first as an opponent tonight.

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