Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery declared himself pleased with his players’ efforts despite a 2-1 defeat away at Strasbourg on Saturday.
The Spaniard made a number of changes to his starting XI and despite a Kylian Mbappe equaliser shortly before half-time, lost out to Nuno Da Costa and Stephane Bahoken goals at Stade de la Meinau.
Speaking after the final whistle, Emery tried to remain positive after a first defeat of the season across all competitions.
“The team took 23 shots and managed to win 13 corners,” said the Basque tactician. “We had chances to score. We were perhaps not that settled in attack and when it came to the final touches in the opposing penalty area. However, it is normal to be disappointed.
“Our objective and our motivation is always to win every single game. When you look at the result and the match, you can see that we did not handle some moments as well as we could have done.
“I am happy, though, because at least the team showed the right attitude in trying to win.
“It is true that there are things to improve because our opponents managed to score their two only chances. Strasbourg deserve congratulations though.”
Marquinhos stood in as captain with Thiago Silva resting in Paris ahead of next week’s Champions League clash at Bayern Munich
The Brazil international felt that despite the disappointing nature of the result, it will benefit the Ligue 1 leaders in the long-term.
“This evening, we stepped to one side,” Marquinhos said. “We created some chances but we did not manage to score.