No shame in losing to Real, insists PSG coach

Beleaguered Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery insists there is no shame in losing to Real Madrid after the expensively-assembled French side crashed out of the Champions League at the hands of the holders.



Thursday, March 08, 2018

Beleaguered Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery insists there is no shame in losing to Real Madrid after the expensively-assembled French side crashed out of the Champions League at the hands of the holders.

"To be eliminated in the last 16 is a disappointment, but to lose against Real Madrid is not," Emery said. "They deserved to go through. There is no other analysis."

Shorn of the injured Brazilian star Neymar, 10-man PSG lost 2-1 in the second leg of their last-16 tie. Second-half goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Casemiro in Paris condemned PSG to a 5-2 aggregate loss.

It was the second season running in which the Parisians have been knocked out in the last 16 after a humiliating loss against Barcelona a year ago. PSG have still not made it past the quarter-finals since Qatar Sports Investments bought the club in 2011 and started to lavish huge sums of money on players.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE