PSG on Wednesday conceded their first setback of the C1 season. After the meeting, the feelings of Parisians were mixed.
Paris will see the knockout stages of the Champions League. He is even qualified for the knockout phase before the final group day. However, his final exit was not glorious since the Parisians lost to City (1-2). And quite logically in addition. Thus, in their post-match statements, the players and their coach seemed torn between disappointment with the result and relief with moving to the next round.
Marquinhos (defender and captain of PSG, Canal +): “There were 2 different strategies. City controls the match, we know our strengths, they know theirs. But it was difficult, it’s a team that plays high, compact. We had opportunities, we did not know how to materialize. We take goals on which we could defend better. It’s the little details that make the difference. They put us in difficulty on the sides (…) Who cares a little (the opponent in 8th). Sometimes, being 1st, you meet strong teams. This does not mean anything, today football is a team sport. You have to know how to play with the weapons you have and we will work for that. We have to work on the details, defensively especially because we know we have a significant offensive force. In defense, it’s a collective aspect, if everyone works we will score in front because we have strength in front ”.
Presnel Kimpembe (PSG defender on RMC Sport): “We are not going to spit on what we did well. We’re missing that trick to kill the game. In a competition like this, it pays off in cash. We are disappointed, it’s complicated. City is a very good team, we know its qualities. We did good things, others not so good, it’s a game where we should have been more killers on the chances we got, even if they had a lot of them on their side. “
Mauricio Pochettino (PSG coach on RMC Sport): “Manchester City had a big possession? No, possession was 55-45, it wasn’t that big for them. A big possession is 70-30. There was no panic. They were better than us in the first half. When we see the number of mistakes we made, and their number, that’s it, that tells the truth of the first period. There is a real difference between the two teams. We started the second half better, the team came out more. We had the chance to be in front, to open the scoring. We had to make some changes after the equalizer. The team felt it, they struggled to compensate, it gave the second goal. We will especially retain the second period, it’s the face we wanted to see. I am very satisfied with all the players. Considering the circumstances at the start of the season, it’s good to be qualified. “
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