Draxler angry after PSG's Champions League exit

  • Draxler angry after PSG's Champions League exit

Draxler angry after PSG's Champions League exit

PSG still has not reached the semifinals since its lone appearance in 1995.

That is a damning statistic for a club with their means and ambitions. Lose in the quarterfinals and the success over PSG will quickly retreat from view.

"We needed our heads and our hearts today".

But PSG coach Unai Emery has come under the same sort of pressure Zidane has faced this season, when Real were dumped out of the Copa del Rey by Leganes and fell adrift of Barcelona in La Liga.

"It's true that Madrid deserved to go through".

"We will calm down to think about what to change".

Paris St-Germain are capable of beating Real Madrid's strongest side even without injured talisman Neymar, says defender Dani Alves.

Cavani's goal gave PSG some hope with 20 minutes left. PSG hadn't created much before Verratti threw their chances down the drain when he protested vehemently to referee Felix Brych and received his second yellow card.

But Casemiro's deflected effort 10 minutes later - his shot hit Marquinhos, wrong-footed Areola and looped in from 16 yards - ensured there was no way back for PSG. He was gifted the ball after midfielder Adrien Rabiot dealt poorly with Lucas Vazquez's cross. The team isn't constructed to compromise on the wings against a side like PSG.

"I'm not here to convince anyone", Zidane said. "We tried but we couldn't do it".

But Al-Khelaifi, though visibly upset in the mixed zone after the match, was level-headed in his analysis, despite reports suggesting Emery could be replaced in the summer after another season of Champions League heartbreak. Barcelona won the return 6-1.

Real coach Zinedine Zidane said on Friday: "Neymar could play in all the clubs because he is very good, like many players".

Messi has scored 32 goals in 41 matches for Spanish-league leader Barcelona this season, while Ronaldo has 31 from 33 for two-time defending Champions League champion Madrid.

Having brought a 5-0 lead into their second leg against Porto, Jurgen Klopp's side drew 0-0 with the Portuguese side at Anfield. The first half was tense, end to end, before a fiery Parc des Princes, but lacking in quality. The club's communications department had released a video, urging fans to rally behind the team seemingly as a matter of urgency for the city itself.

But all this bluster seemed more like bluff.

Real Madrid had the upper hand going into the game with a 3-1 advantage from the first leg. Madrid showed reseleience in the first half to deny the attacking PSG any chances with the only break coming for their oppenents through Kylian Mbappé.

"Winning the Champions League is a slow process, you can't do it overnight".

Zidane has treated domestic games nearly like trials for Europe, rotating key players or trying others in unfamiliar positions.

The 12-time European champions went through 5-2 on aggregate.

That leaves the Champions League as the main head-to-head competition for the two players who have split the last 10 Federation Internationale de Football Association player of the year awards.

"I´m not going to talk about a player that is not mine".