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Allegri praises Messi and Neymar, ignores Mbappe despite 2-goal haul for PSG

Kylian Mbappe was awarded the Man of the match for his 2 goals but Allegri believes Messi and Neymar were the most dangerous players in the match

Kylian Mbappe and Neymar playing for PSG

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has credited South American pair Lionel Messi and Neymar for Paris Saint-Germain's opening day victory over his side in the UEFA Champions League.

On Christophe Galtier's Champions League debut for PSG, the Parisians picked up an impressive 2-1 victory over Juventus at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday night.

French international Kylian Mbappe scored both goals for PSG with assists from Neymar and Achraf Hakimi for the first and second goals respectively.

Allegri was in awe of the quality and technique that the host players showed in their Champions League clash, identifying it as the difference between both sides on the night.

In his post-match press conference with sportmediaset as reported on Twitter by juvefcdotcom, Allegri specifically attributed both PSG goals to Messi and Neymar.

The Italian tactician said: “The two goals conceded were of immense class by Neymar and Messi, which could have been avoided with more attention. Now we have to think about beating Salernitana, because we can't lose any more important points.”

The Juventus manager also admitted that the PSG forward line possesses 'crazy speed' as he stated that Juventus suffered more when they lost possession to Paris Saint-Germain.

"When you play against these teams, the biggest difficulty is when you don't have the ball. In the first half we were too timid, better in the second half," Allegri explained.

"Against Salernitana for example, it will be more difficult to play because there will be less space. The lads had a very good spirit tonight, even though they risked something, but PSG players have crazy speed and technique.”

Paris Saint-Germain's victory puts them second on the table in Group H with three points and a one-goal difference while Benfica are top of the group, having won their clash with Maccabi Haifa 2

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