Mauricio Pochettino said Paris Saint-Germain “deserved better” than their Champions League semi-final exit on Tuesday, insisting their players were doing enough over two innings to advance.
Even though Manchester City finished with an overall advantage of 4-1 after their 2-0 second leg win, the manager claimed that PSG “are dominating a team that is very difficult to control”.
The Citizens, however, held the group of Pochettino without a shot on target in the return leg and moved away behind a double from Riyad Mahrez, with PSG finally falling to 10 men when Angel Di Maria was sacked in the second half.
What was said?
“If we analyze the two games, we dominated a team that is very difficult to control,” Pochettino told RMC Sport. “You need a small percentage of luck to score in key moments.
“I’m disappointed because we deserved better. But Manchester City were more clinical than us. They scored the goals we needed, we played the game we wanted with the shot we wanted. It’s kinda disappointing obviously, because the objective was to go to the final.
“You have to be positive, it’s difficult after an elimination, you have to have this process in mind, stay calm, analyze the situation… We arrived here after beating 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  minutes, which is a big drawback. It wasn’t for us. We will come back strong, the club and the players will be ready to win the remaining matches. We will be ready. “
PSG were without star striker Kylian Mbappe, who was hampered by a calf injury, but Pochettino was unwilling to use the blow to explain the loss.
“It can’t be an excuse,” he said. “We are a team. Of course, it is unlucky that he was not ready to help the team, but that is no excuse. We cannot use this excuse because the performance of the team was good. “