Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti returned to UEFA Champions League play as he earned a start as a holding midfielder in the home group stage fixture against Club Brugge.
The Italian midfielder featured in 83 minutes of the contest and completed 79 passes to go along with the one goal-scoring chance created.
Following the match, PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino took some time to laud Verratti for his showing as a holding midfielder.
“He is very good in this position,” Pochettino said. “He arrived late after the Euro. He could not have continuity, especially because of this delayed preparation. He can bring the ball out from behind, link the game and control the rhythm of the team, make a break or accelerate, play laterally or deep. We’d like him to have continuity.”
Overall, Verratti featured in three matches of this season’s Champions League group stage.