A dashed hope. This Tuesday, at the Etihad Stadium, Paris Saint-Germain had the opportunity to reach the Champions League final for the second consecutive year, just a few months after failing against Bayern Munich in Lisbon (0-1 ). But Mauricio Pochettino’s men came up against a very solid Manchester City team in the semifinals, which after winning the first leg at the Parc des Princes (2-1), won without too much difficulty on their lawn. in England in the second leg (2-0) and will play, on May 29 in Istanbul, the first final in its history in C1. At the end of the meeting, the Argentine coach of PSG in any case wished to retain the positive of this European course and this double confrontation against the men of Pep Guardiola and send a strong message.
“I think if we analyze the two matches, we dominated a very complicated team to dominate, but you need a small percentage of luck to score. I am proud. I congratulate Manchester City, because we deserved better, we lacked realism. We played the matches we wanted. Obviously, it’s disappointing, we wanted to be in the final and we won’t be there. We have to be positive even if it’s hard, we have to think like that, stay calm, analyze the situation. Coming here after beating Barca and Bayern, it’s a shame we didn’t qualify for the final, but the team never gave up. We played 10 against 11 for good times in both matches. Tonight (Tuesday) was not for us. They are world-class players, obviously tomorrow will be tough, but we will start building again. We are ready to win all the matches that remain (in Ligue 1). We can’t change the result, we have to focus on the future, and prepare the team for the matches we have left, and improve. These two games should give us hope. The supporters are disappointed, the players are disappointed, we gave everything. We can win, we can lose, but when you give everything … The players gave everything, I’m proud of them ”, for his part confided Mauricio Pochettino at the microphone of RMC Sport.
This PSG will achieve great things, according to Leonardo
Logically present in Manchester with the staff and the Paris SG team, Leonardo also spoke after the elimination of the Ile-de-France club. In a speech similar to that of his coach, the sports director of PSG insisted on the progress made by the club, the level reached, but also on the coming months with, always, the same main objective in mind. “We cannot forget what we have been doing for 2 years. We lost the final 1-0 against Bayern (in 2020), a team that won everything. This year, there have been ups and downs, with very important victories against Barça, Bayern, teams that could win like us. Today, the goal is still to win. But our recent journey has put us in the position of a true contender for the final title. We must continue. All of this has created a strong group. This year has been very complicated from a physical and mental point of view, but not only for us, for everyone ”, first launched Leonardo at the microphone of RMC Sport, before dismissing questions about the future of Neymar and Kylian Mbappé and continuing.
“It’s a day when we should be proud of what we have done. You have to keep the good things to continue and win. We are not satisfied, but we are aware that it can happen. Over the 4 halves, we played better 2 halves (than Manchester City). We took some weird goals. Today (Tuesday) is after a goalie clearance … it’s part of the game but there are a lot of positive things. We got out of a lot of difficult situations. Pochettino arrived in January. Now is the time to build. Honestly, I am optimistic about the future. Now the first thing is that there are 3 Ligue 1 matches left, 3 finals. We have to stay focused. It’s difficult but we have to get into the climate of L1 and win the points to be champion. Then after, there is the Coupe de France (semi-final in Montpellier, Editor’s note), we have to keep our energy. We are a large group and we are going to achieve important things ”, concluded the sports director of PSG. A strong message that the supporters hope to see materialize from next season, they who dream always bigger …