After he was criticised for his performance in the goalless draw against Marseille, Angel Di Maria is the recipient of praise from Unai Emery.
The winger put in work in the 1-0 win over Lille, setting up Edison Cavani to score the winner in the second half, after a goal of his was dubiously flagged off as handball before the break.
Emery feels the performance will have boosted his winger’s confidence in the week where he missed out on the 30-man Ballon d’Or shortlist.
“Di Maria is important for the team and he made some good runs,” Emery told reporters. “He had a goal disallowed and got the assist for Cavani’s goal. It’s good for his confidence.”
PSG struggled to open the scoring despite creating a number of chances, but Emery was pleased to see his side take home the full three points in the end.
“It was a difficult match against a team that defended well,” he added.
“We got plenty of chances to score in the first half, but we were unable to find the net. We continued on the same path in the second half. We did not create as many chances after the break, but we scored at last.
“We created enough chances, but were lacking efficiency a bit. But I prefer a game where we get six chances without scoring over a game where we score from our only chance.
“It was important to win here for our confidence and to return to second place in the table.”