Barcelona seven-goal thrashing of Celtic worse than PSG's - Rodgers

PSG striker Edinson Cavani | AP

Neymar was back in the mood with the Brazilian scoring twice to set up Paris Saint-Germain's comeback from behind as they hammered a shellshocked Celtic 7-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The pace slowed down in the second half but PSG continued its domination with rapid attacks that put the Celtic back four under threat.

Celtic's trip to Paris had started so well and took an improbable lead inside the opening minute with a goal that was made in France.

The only blemish for PSG was that they conceded at all.

"We give the ball away in midfield and that gives them the opportunity to get the goal".

The Australian failed to do anything of note in the contest. Led by Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani, PSG's attack has been as fearsome as expected, both domestically and in Europe.

"That sheer level of quality they have in their team and the confidence with which they play with each other [is impressive]".

PSG opened their UCL campaign against Celtic at Parkhead in September which culminated in a 5-0 thrashing in favour of 'Les Parisiens'.

There is still a long way to go this season.

"We understand we are playing against a team that is arguably the best of the best, which is a huge challenge for every team they come up against".

The 24-year-old Frenchman said: "Not losing a goal would be exceptional, but we want to be first in the group".

Hoops keeper Craig Gordon, meanwhile, claims any positive result at all against PSG would eclipse Scotland's memorable win in the city 10 years ago.

Mbappe was denied a second when his scuffed shot was saved by Gordon before Verratti grabbed a fifth with a drilled finish into the bottom corner with 15 minutes remaining.

The match was so heavily weighted in the favour of the home side, centre-back Thiago Silva was flagged offside as he tried to latch into an outrageous lobbed pass from Neymar over the top of the visiting defence.

In attack, Griffiths may feel he's played himself into contention with the winner against County, but Celtic won't see much of the ball in Paris.

Discussing Celtic's opponents' tag as favourites to win this season's Champions League, the former Arsenal and England midfielder said: "They're not my favourites but I can see where people are coming from".

Cavani is now just five goals away from equalling Zlatan Ibrahimovic's all-time record of 156 across all competitions and the Uruguay international is happy scoring goals prolifically at present - even if he does not have his former teammate's record in mind.

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