Thu 03 November 2022 | 14:09

Galtier: I'm very proud of my team despite finishing behind Benfica

Paris Saint-Germain finished second in Champions League Group H after Benfica scored six goals against Maccabi Haifa.




2-1 away from home on Wednesday but they finished second in Group because


beat Maccabi Haifa 6-1. PSG and Benfica both have equal head-to-head records, goals scored or conceded but in the end, Benfica finished at the top due to away goals scored.

PSG now could face Napoli, Porto, Bayern Munich, Tottenham, Chelsea, Manchester City, and Real Madrid in the last 16.

After the game, Paris Saint-Germain manager Christophe Galtier said despite finishing second in the group he is proud of his team.

"Of course, we have to value our campaign,"

he told reporters.

"We beat Juventus twice, we got 14 points, we scored a lot of goals and in the end we finished second on the number of goals scored away from home, and that's how it is.

"But obviously I'm still very proud of my group, of my team in this group stage. We had a tough match, we knew we were going to have a difficult match, but we still managed to win, and then there is this scenario [Benfica scoring their sixth goal] that happens in the 92nd minute.

"Nobody could have imagined that. We finished second on the number of goals scored away from home. That's incredible."

PSG defender Marquinhos admits their objective was to finish in the top stop and they did not succeed.

"We're trying to take the positives out of it,"

he told reporters.

"There were obviously two feelings, because we won against Juve in a difficult match, but we finished second, whereas the aim was to get this first place. Unfortunately, we didn't succeed.

"You have to look at the good aspects of things, there are good things to take away from this group stage, even if there are things to improve.

"In the Champions League, this first phase was important, but it is really played out in the second half of the season.

"That's when we have to perform well, be decisive, be good, because it's all about the end of the season."

Marquinhos also admits they did not play their best match against Juventus but showed they can be effective in decisive moments.

"We have already seen teams win without necessarily being the best or playing the most beautiful football, but knowing how to be effective," he continued. "If we manage to be effective in these decisive moments, we can do great things.

"Even if there were difficult moments in this match, we managed to score and that unlocks a match. So, when we win a match like this, even if it wasn't our best game, we have to tell ourselves that it's important to know how to play like that too."

source: SportMob

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