The reactions of Parisian players at the microphone of RMC Sport after their elimination on the field of Manchester City, this Tuesday, in the semi-final of the Champions League.
Ander Herrera (PSG midfielder, after elimination against Manchester City) : “We were the best team for 70 minutes, we tried everything, we played with the ball, we attacked and we caused problems for a team that is playing well. We can leave here with our heads held high. We’re sad, of course, but it’s not easy to be a finalist last season and make it to the semi-finals the following year. How to progress? We must not change what we did today. We played well, we attacked, we created chances, with a lot of crosses in the first period, a lot of balls between the lines … But there are always things to improve, that’s for sure. Once again, it’s not easy to be in the top four teams in Europe. We still have two titles to play (Ligue 1 and the Coupe de France), we will do everything. We have to win all the matches. All the matches will be finals for us until the end of the season. ”
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Marco Verratti (PSG midfielder) : “There is of course disappointment, we were one step away from the final… We believed in it, until the red card (from Angel Di Maria in the 69th) we were in the game. We created chances, we played much better than them and on their first opportunity, they scored… As on the first leg. When you play against big teams, that makes all the difference. We cannot be blamed for not having fought to the end. We can look at ourselves in the mirror, we have tried everything. But in football you can’t always control everything. Sometimes it happens like that. We are in the last four for the second year in a row, we had a good run. I don’t have much to say… We’re sorry. We’ll try again, until we die, as long as we’re here we’ll try every year… I don’t know what to say. We wanted to go to the final… We play football, we know how it is. When you play against Barca, Bayern Munich and Manchester City, you can’t shine for 90 minutes. After the first leg against Manchester City, I heard about disaster, about a very bad second period… But talking on TV is easier. When you play against big teams, sometimes you have to accept suffering and just attacking. It’s not just PSG that want to win… Today, we played with a lot of personality. I think City only had one strike in the first half, that of the goal …
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We have to believe it, it will happen one day or another for us. Against Bayern, we were a bit lucky. Today a little less, it’s football … We have to continue, to be in the last four every year and one day or another, we will return to the final. We told ourselves before the game that we should be able to look each other in the eyes, to give everything, and I think that each of us gave everything. After that, football is like that. They are two great teams. City also deserves. They’ve been working with the same coach for six-seven years (Pep Guardiola has been in charge since 2016, note), they will make their first final. We must be happy with our journey and we must continue. The coach has only been there for five months. He gave us a lot of courage. We play with courage. We come here, we play with the ball… This is the most important. We can promise that we will try every year to return to the final and win this Champions League. “
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Marquinhos (PSG captain) : “In terms of emotions, we tried to give everything, we started well with high pressure. This kind of match is played on the details. They held on, they defended well and we did not benefit from our actions. They have one and they score… It puts us a little more in difficulty. We pushed in the second period and we take a second goal on small details that really kills us. We have to think about the things we need to improve. We saw what made the difference last season, small details, being decisive at the right time, that allowed us to go to the final. This season, we stop in the semifinals… These are two teams that had different strategies. City are a very high level team who know how to keep the ball very well. We tried to be very aggressive, to steal the ball as quickly as possible. We succeeded, but it’s, as always, the little details that make the difference in this kind of match. “