Very proud of his time at PSG, Unai Emery nonetheless concedes that he missed the essential.
Statistically, Unai Emery’s move to PSG is a success. Staying two years on the bench of the club of the capital, the Spanish technician also displays the highest percentage of victories in the history of the Red and Blue with no less than 76.3% of success, thus ahead… Thomas Tuchel , who posted 74.8% wins before being fired in turn. In terms of result, the record is much less flattering despite the seven trophies won, Paris having to give up the league title in 2017 and having stalled twice in the knockout stages of the Champions League, against the Barça then the real Madrid.
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“It’s true that I won a lot of titles but on the most important part, namely to do something important in the Champions League, we did not do it. But it’s true that I had an excellent relationship with Nasser Al-Khelaïfi and all the employees of PSG. These are years when I have benefited a lot. I understood that by not having more results in the Champions League, the two years of the contract came to an end ”, Unai Emery also conceded in an interview with beIN Sports, adding: “Personally, I am very proud of the work I did in Paris and I am very happy with the relationship I had with the players and the club. So of course the public and the press must always give their opinions at specific times, sometimes for you and sometimes against. But I always felt respected. “
Absolutely convinced that PSG will win the Champions League
Asked about the recent arrival of Mauricio Pochettino, the Spanish technician also validated the choice of the Parisian leaders. ” Mauricio was a PSG player (2001-2003). He then coached in Spain (Espanyol de Barcelona) and England in a team like Tottenham (2014-2019) which reached the Champions League final (in 2019 against Liverpool). He was vice-champion of England (in 2017). I believe he is the perfect coach at the moment for PSG. But I can’t give him any advice because he knows perfectly how to manage himself and how to do it within a team like PSG », He explained.
The current coach of Villarreal also still sees big for the club of the capital. ” I am absolutely convinced that PSG will win the Champions League, he asserted. It takes time. So far, they have reached the final. There was a process through experiences, like what we experienced with Barcelona (in 2017). But there is also the experience with Manchester United (in 2019) with this hand and this penalty which was really dramatic for Paris. But last year they reached the final, they are getting closer. There are players and a stable and powerful project. It’s just a matter of time. I believe that with Pochettino there are still possibilities to do it. “
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