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Club Brugge 0-5 PSG: 5 Talking Points and Tactical Analysis | Champions League 2019-20

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Modified 21 Dec 2019, 00:50 IST

#4 Charles de Ketelaere impresses on his UCL debut

Ketelaere battling with PSG
Ketelaere battling with PSG's Marco Verratti on a memorable night for the 18-year-old

Charles de Ketelaere made his Champions League debut with a surprise start in Brugge's 3-1-4-2 formation here and despite doing nothing special, he left a long-lasting impression suggesting that his name will be one to remember for seasons to come. Operating alongside captain and Belgium international Hans Vanaken in midfield, this was the 18-year-old's second senior appearance after featuring in the domestic cup last month. 

Booked before half-time for a mistimed sliding tackle on Marco Verratti, it was a challenge he couldn't have any complaints about in truth. Nonetheless, Charles did the basics well before being replaced near the hour mark, receiving a warm reception from the home supporters for his troubles. 

Always scanning for options in attack and supporting players in space, the teenager was unafraid to try things and created a promising chance early on for Krepin Diatta. Keylor Navas' blushes were saved after his attempted clearance ricocheted off the teenager's back. Moments earlier, Charles sprinted, attempting to harry the Costa Rica international into a mistake and almost earned his reward with a first UCL goal. 

PSG enjoyed spells with plenty of possession, which saw de Ketelaere often on the periphery off-the-ball but that's to be expected. With suspended captain Ruud Vormer watching in the stands, it's clear Brugge have talented youngsters waiting to burst through and Charles did his growing reputation no harm here.

Published 23 Oct 2019, 11:15 IST
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