After the elimination in the C1 semi-final against Manchester City on Tuesday night, the Parisian players appeared disappointed but still determined in their quest for the “big-eared cup”.
Less than a year after playing their first Champions League final last August, Paris Saint-Germain failed Tuesday, May 4 at the Etihad Stadium, on the lawn of Manchester City, in the semi-final of the most prestigious club competitions (0-2). A defeat during which the Parisians encountered the greatest difficulties in being dangerous, except on two clear occasions of Angel Di Maria and Marquinhos in the first period.
Even if City appeared superior during these two matches, the Brazilian captain of PSG for his part estimated at the microphone of RMC Sport after the meeting that the match was played on “details that make the difference” in these meetings – the. These details allowed the Citizens to score happy goals in the first leg as well as in the return trip.
Despite the defeat, Parisian midfielder Ander Herrera, who started the kickoff, praised his team’s collective performance on RMC Sport: “I think we were the best team for 70 minutes, we tried everything, we played well with the ball. We can walk away from here with our heads held high. ” PSG, however, never seemed able to destabilize the English defense. “We played the match we wanted with the plan we wanted,” assured Paris coach Mauricio Pochettino after the match.
“We dominated a team which is not easy to dominate. Manchester City were more clinical.” The words of Pochettino after the elimination of PSG in the semi-finals of the Champions League at the microphone of RMC Sport. pic.twitter.com/pIDunfjHXl
Disappointed, but not defeated, the Parisian players seemed determined to rectify the situation from next season. “There is disappointment because we believed in it. (…) We did two years in the last four and it’s a good run. We’re sorry, but we’ll try again until death. (…) We have to believe it, one day or another we will return to the final “, for his part promised Marco Verratti at the microphone of RMC Sport after the match. “We still have things to improve, which allowed us to go to the final last year,” confirmed Marquinhos.
To realize its dream of winning its first Champions League, Paris will therefore have to wait one more season. Frustrated at not being able to go lift the “big-eared cup” on May 29 in Istanbul, the Parisian players cracked at the end of the match, in particular Angel Di Maria, excluded for a foul on Fernandinho when the fate of PSG was already sealed. At the end of the meeting, the Parisians also attacked the referee.
“The referee told me ‘F ** k you’ twice, I never said that because otherwise, I take ten matches! But if we are eliminated, it is not the fault of the referee. ” The reaction of Marco Verratti after the elimination of PSG in the semi-finals of the Champions League. pic.twitter.com/09IGrOMa09
“We are told about respect for the referees, but he [Björn Kuipers, the match referee] said f *** off [go f *****] to [Leandro] Paredes,” said Ander Herrera in a post-match interview. “He told me f *** you several times. If I do that, I take ten matches [suspension],” added Marco Verratti. Affirmations that UEFA will endeavor to verify, but which will not change the outcome of the match and the elimination of PSG.
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