After the match against Manchester City, there was disappointment but also many regrets in the Parisian ranks.
Leonardo, sports director of PSG, at the microphone of RMC Sport:
“We talked about that (the referee’s insults, editor’s note). It’s so clear that I don’t even comment. Too bad. I think there were a lot of situations that maybe weren’t handled well. “
“We cannot forget what we have done over the past two years. We arrived in the final and we lost 1-0 against a team that won everything. This year, we eliminated Barça and Bayern. The goal is always to win. Our journey has made us a real candidate to win the Champions League. We must continue, keep the base. It has been a very complicated year. We must be satisfied. “
On the future of Mbappé and Neymar: “Honestly, now is not the time to decide or announce anything. We must be proud of what we have done. Our goal is to win. We played better in two halves out of four, we took some weird goals. There are a lot of good things. We got out of very difficult situations during the competition. I am optimistic for the future. “
On the goals of PSG for the end of the season? : “There are three Ligue 1 games. These are three finals. You have to keep your concentration. And earn the points to be champions. There is also the Coupe de France. We have to keep energy. We lost, unfortunately, but we leave here with the awareness that we are a large group. “
Mauricio Pochettino, PSG coach, at the microphone of RMC Sport:
“If we analyze the two matches, we dominated a very difficult team to control. You need a small percentage of luck to score in key moments. I feel proud and congratulate Manchester City. I am disappointed, because we deserved better. But Manchester City have been more clinical than us. They scored the goals we needed, we played the game we wanted with the plan we wanted. It’s a bit disappointing obviously, because the objective was to go to the final. “
“We have to be positive, it’s difficult after an elimination, you have to have this process in mind, stay calm, analyze the situation … We arrived here having beaten Barcelona and Bayern. It’s a shame not to make it to the final, but the team never gave up, they fought to the end. We also played ten against eleven on the outward and return leg for 35/40 minutes, which is a big disadvantage. It wasn’t for us. We will go back there being strong, the club and the players will be ready to win the remaining matches. We will be ready ”.
On the referee’s insults: “That’s what the players are saying about what happened on the pitch. But we can’t change the result for all that, we have to focus on the future, prepare the team to win the last games we have left. We have to improve but the way in which these two matches dominated must give hope for the future, obviously the supporters are disappointed, we too, but we gave everything you know. You can lose, but always give everything you have, and I’m really proud of the players because they really gave everything ”.
Marquinhos, defender and captain of PSG, at the microphone of RMC Sport:
“It was a game where we tried to give everything. We started the game well, with a very high pressing, but it depends on the details, they held on, well defended, and on an action they scored the 1-0 goal which puts us in difficulty. In the second half we tried to push too, and we took a second goal that really kills us. You have to think about the things that you really need to improve. This season we stop in half … “
On what he missed at PSG? : “These are two teams that had different strategies, City is a team that knows how to keep the ball very well, we tried to be aggressive to prevent them from spinning the ball. After that it was played on small details, as often in big games. “