PSG suffered the first setback of the C1 season on Wednesday. After the meeting, the feelings of the Parisians were mixed.
Paris will experience the knockout phase of the Champions League. He is even qualified for the knockout phase before the last group day. However, his last appearance was not glorious as the Parisians lost to City (1-2). And quite logical to it. In their statements after the game, the players and their coach seemed to be divided between disappointment about the result and relief about progressing to the next round.
Marquinhos (defender and captain of PSG, Canal +): “There were 2 different strategies. City controls the game, we know our strengths, they know theirs. But it was difficult, it’s a team that plays tall and compact. We had chances, we didn’t know how to realize ourselves. We take goals where we could defend better. It’s the little details that make the difference. They get us into trouble on the sides (…) Who cares a little (the opponent in 8th place). Sometimes you are the first to meet strong teams. That doesn’t mean anything, football is a team sport today. You need to know how to play with the guns you have and that’s what we’ll work for. We have to work on the details, especially defensively, because we know we have a lot of offensive power. In defense it’s a collective aspect, if everyone works, we’ll score up front because we’re strong up front.
Presnel Kimpembe (PSG defender at RMC Sport): “We will not spit what we did well. We’re missing that trick to kill the game. In a competition like this one, it pays off in cash. We’re disappointed, it’s complicated. City is a very good team, we know its qualities. We did good, others not so well, it’s a game where we should have been more killers with the chances we had, even if they had a lot of them on their side. “
Mauricio Pochettino (PSG trainer at RMC Sport): “Manchester City had a large estate? No, possession was 55-45, it wasn’t that great for them. A great 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’ve made and their number, that’s what tells the truth about the first period. There is a real difference between the two teams. We started the second half better, the team got more out of it. We had a chance to be ahead, to open the gate. We had to make some changes after equalizing. The team felt it, they found it difficult to compensate, there was the second goal. We’ll especially remember the second section, it’s the face we wanted to see. I am very happy with all of the players. Given the circumstances at the start of the season, it’s good to have qualified. “
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