Published: Wed, March 07, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Neymar sends message of support to PSG teammates

Neymar sends message of support to PSG teammates

On a night when the team's fans had done their best to create a raucous, fiery atmosphere, evincing their belief in a comeback for their side, Paris Saint-Germain unequivocally let their supporters down.

High fives all round in our dressing room after tonight's win! "We're angry. We'll think about what we need to do". The Italy global was booked when he fouled Casemiro in the first half and was shown a second yellow card when he sprinted after referee Felix Brych and was cautioned for dissent.

Madrid began to look a threat every time they broke forward, with PSG lacking any real attacking quality in a nervy first half, and Areola had to race off his line smartly to save at the feet of Karim Benzema, making his 100th appearance in the competition. Just two weeks later, there has clearly been a shift; for the trip to Paris, Zidane did not rush back the almost-fit Kroos or Modric, and had no hesitation in relegating Bale to the bench.

Last year's Champions League and La Liga double winners had a hard first half of the 2017-18 season, falling well behind runaway La Liga leaders Barcelona, exiting the Copa del Rey to humble neighbours Leganes, and also stumbling in the group stage when losing 3-1 at Tottenham Hotspur in November. That's why I thought we should keep pushing and play more offensively. "Our approach went well", he told reporters after the game. However he is only likely to achieve that by winning the Champions League, something he will now have to wait until at last next year to do.

Champions League Cristiano Ronaldo and Casemiro celebrate the latter's goal against Paris Saint Germain F.C
Champions League Cristiano Ronaldo and Casemiro celebrate the latter's goal against Paris Saint Germain F.C

PSG's Edinson Cavani reacts during the round of 16, 2nd leg Champions League soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid at the Parc des Princes Stadium in Paris, Tuesday, March 6, 2018. "Madrid were just to born to win", said Kovacic, who is targeting a third consecutive winners medal in as many campaigns with the side.

"I am still convinced this team has a lot to give, but you can see in games like this that there is still something missing if we want to win the big trophy".

The most expensively assembled team in the history of football collapsed with barely a whimper, unless Marco Verratti's dismissal for dissent shortly after the hour can be considered.

The club insist they are not anxious about falling foul of UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules, even if a premature European exit will mean a shortfall of millions of euros. Paris was perhaps not as good, but that's maybe because we played well.

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