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PSG deserved better against Man City, says Pochettino

Wed 05 May 2021 | 8:47

The PSG head coach thinks his men deserved better notwithstanding missing their chances to meet the net on Tuesday.

Mauricio Pochettino


Paris Saint-Germain

“deserved better” than exiting the Champions League, with his team doing enough in the two legs to proceed.


Manchester City

ended with an aggregate of 4-1 following their 2-0 victory in the second leg, the PSG manager claimed that his side “dominated a very difficult team to control”.

The City did not allow Pochettino’s side to score a goal, however; with Riyad Mahrez finding the target twice. The Ligue 1 giants were playing with 10 men in the second half after Angel Di Maria received a red card.

If we analyse the two games, we dominated a very difficult team to control,"

Pochettino said to

RMC Sport

"You need a small percentage of luck to score in key moments.

"I am disappointed, because we deserved better. But Manchester City have been more clinical than us. They scored the goals we needed; we played the game we wanted with the plan we wanted. It's a bit disappointing obviously, because the objective was to go to the final.

“We have to be positive, it's difficult after an elimination, you have to have this process in mind, stay calm, analyse the situation ... We arrived here having beaten Barcelona and Bayern. It's a shame not to make it to the final, but the team never gave up, they fought to the end.

"We also played 10 against 11 for [30] minutes, which is a big disadvantage. It wasn't for us. We will go back being strong, the club and the players will be ready to win the remaining matches. We will be ready."

Kylian Mbappe

did not feature for PSG as he was dealing with a calf injury, but the manager refused to use that as a reason for their defeat.


That cannot be an excuse,"

he said.

"We are a team. Of course, it's unlucky he was not ready to help the team, but that's not an excuse. We cannot use that excuse because the performance from the team was good."

source: SportMob