Football, News 2018-03-08 12:08 PM

PSG News on champions League

The fallout from Paris St Germain’s Champions League exit continues with Julian Draxler hitting out at the club’s transfer policy and Unai Emery’s tactics. The French outfit were dismissed at the Round of 16 stage after losing both home and away to the reigning European champions. Heading into the second-leg at the Parc de Princes, PSG were trailing 3-1. Edinson Cavani was on target for the home side but goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Casemiro secured a 2-1 win for Real Madrid.

The exit was seen as a huge blow for PSG who have invested heavily in the transfer market, including the captures of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe last summer. With Ligue 1 supremacy virtually guaranteed, the greatest barometer of success is the Champions League. So an early exit from the tournament has been keenly felt in Paris. Draxler, who had to make do with coming off the bench in both fixtures, has spoken out. ‘Real Madrid played quietly and were not nervous,’ he told German TV station ZDF. ‘We moved the ball, but you can’t win by doing that. ‘You must press Real when you are 3-1 down, not just make passes and wait for something to fall from the sky. ‘This summer, we spent 400 million euros and everyone said that this would change things, but we still haven’t progressed past this round.’

This is the sixth season in a row in which PSG have participated in the Champions League but failed to go deep into the competition. Last season they lost at the same stage and in the previous four reached the quarter-finals become coming unstuck.

 

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