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Poch praises key duo in PSG comeback

Mauricio Pochettino has praised Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe after the superstar duo inspired Paris Saint-Germain to a Champions League comeback against RB Leipzig.

PSG came from behind to win 3-2 at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday and are 5/1 to win the Champions League this season.

Early lead

The Parisians forged into an early lead thanks to a solo effort from Mbappe but Leipzig drew level through Andre Silva and found themselves in the lead early in the second half courtesy of a Nordi Mukiele volley.

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However, Pochettino's men worked their way back into the game as Mbappe turned creator, laying on a pass for Messi which the Argentinian slotted home in the 67th minute.

Seven minutes later, the hosts retook the lead when Messi coolly converted a penalty after Mbappe was brought down in the box.

Missed penalty

PSG had the chance to make it 4-2 in the dying seconds of the match when Messi, despite being on a hat-trick, gave Mbappe the ball for a spot kick which the Frenchman blazed over the bar.

Speaking afterwards, Pochettino admitted that his two superstars' class made all the difference.

"We don't need to say anything more about the quality of Kylian and Leo," he said. "In games when you are struggling to find solutions as a team, that is why you need players of their class."

Mbappe, meanwhile, revealed that Messi told him to take the second penalty: "He's the best player in the world, it's a privilege he plays with us, I've always said it. There's a penalty, he takes it, period. For the second, he said, 'Take it'."

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