Trainer Ronald Koeman of FC Barcelona, after the lost first duel with Paris Saint-Germain (1-4) in the eighth finals of the Champions League, had no choice but to acknowledge that his team is short of the true European summit.
“ In the second half we had defensive problems,” he said. “The results also indicate how superior PSG was. They were much more effective than we were. The first half was more balanced and after the 1-0 of us, Ousmane Dembélé got the chance to make it 2-0.”
For Barcelona, the club with more than 1 billion euros in debt, threatens a season without prizes. In the competition, the backlog of the leader Atlético Madrid has already risen to 8 points. Barcelona lost the first duel in the semi-final of the Spanish Cup with 2-0 from Seville.
“ We have to fight back in the cup tournament,” realized Frenkie de Jong. “That‘s what we have to do in the Champions League now. It’s gonna be very difficult in Paris, but we‘re gonna try it there. I thought in the first half we were playing pretty well. But in the second half PSG was superior.”
‘We must congratulate Kylian‘
Attacker Antoine Griezmann and his team Barcelona went down hard against Paris Saint-Germain in the first battle of the eighth Champions League finals (1-4). The Frenchman saw his compatriot Kylian Mbappé score three times at Camp Nou.
“ Kylian had a great evening”, acknowledged Griezmann. “He has had quite a lot of criticism. But PSG has an attacker who can be of the level Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. We have to congratulate him. He played a great game.”
“ PSG was better than us,” said Griezmann. “But we are not going as tourists for the return to Paris. We still want to make a competition out of it.”
Outstanding Mbappé wants to give everything for PSG
Kylian Mbappé was the big man in the winning match of Paris Saint-Germain with Barcelona (1-4) in the eighth finals of the Champions League with three goals. “Our shirt means so much to me,” he said. “I don’t always play well. But I never hide. I want to give everything for this club.”
The 22-year-old Mbappé praised his new trainer Mauricio Pochettino, who repaid Thomas Tuchel early last month. “He does a great job,” said the attacker. “But he continues the work of Tuchel. Under Tuchel, we made it to the final last season. We‘re getting stronger physically. We’re not in top shape yet, but tonight we played a great game against Barcelona.”