With no Marquinhos in the starting eleven for Paris Saint-Germain for its Coup de France Round of 32 fixture against Stade Brestois 29, Marco Verratti assumed the captain’s role for the squad.
The 28-year-old played 74 minutes in the 3-0 victory. During Verratti’s time out on the pitch, he had 92 touches where he 68 for 75 on his passes for a 91-percent success rate. The midfielder’s passing resulted in four key passes that led to two assists.
Furthermore, on the ground, Verratti won 10 of his 15 ground duels while losing possession on 11 occasions. After the match, the midfielder spoke to PSG TV, discussing the fixture and serving as the team captain.
“It’s a Coupe de France match that we took very seriously. We scored three goals, no one was injured, and we won the match, so we’re happy,” Verratti said. “It felt very good. I worked a lot in training. What I like most is being on the pitch. I am physically well, and that is the most important thing.”
“I’ve been in Paris for a long time, and being the captain of the team that gave me everything is a great source of pride. As I always say, I am in love with this club. The victory with the armband is a magnificent evening!”
Up next for Verratti is helping the capital club close out the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against FC Barcelona. Verratti played a significant role in Les Parisiens picking up the 4-1 win at the Camp Nou, and he will look to do that again at the Parc des Princes.
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