The two coaches deliver their feelings after the semi-final return of the Champions League between Manchester City and PSG on Tuesday.
Mauricio Pochettino (PSG coach) : “We are disappointed. We played well, we implemented our plan. We started well. But the result is what disappoints me the most. At this level, you need a grain of success, a little luck to win. It did not happen, neither in Paris (in the first leg, won 2-1 by Manchester City) nor here (2-0 Skyblues success on Tuesday in the return leg). But we gave everything and I’m very proud of that. I am disappointed by what happened on the red (expulsion of Angel Di Maria in the 69th minute, editor’s note). We have already played 15 minutes to 10 on the first leg (red for Idrissa Gueye, editor’s note). Tonight, 20 minutes … It’s an advantage for the opponents, but it was not decisive, we did not take a ten goal. We are very disappointed for the supporters, us, the club, but we gave everything. We do not achieve the goal we wanted to achieve … The goals? These are mistakes. In Paris, we had done it. Also today. It’s a shame… We gave City a gift for a situation we had anticipated. But football is also made of mistakes and it is difficult to recover afterwards. But we never gave up and I’m proud of the players. They fought until the end against a very good team like Manchester City. We didn’t have that little hint of luck… In the two matches, we didn’t have any at all. We dominated in the first half on both matches. It’s hard to dominate City. We played well but we did not have the success we need. After the red, there were 20 minutes left, it was very hard… We remained combative and in the game. I’m disappointed and sad, for sure, the goal was to go to the final. But we are also proud. The referee’s insults? We have to believe Marco and Ander but we are not in the final… I did not hear anything. But if the referee has said anything, an investigation must be carried out. But this is by no means an excuse. The most important thing is that we are not in the final, and we are very sad. Maybe we should talk to UEFA about it… ”
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Pep Guardiola (Manchester City coach) : “I would like to have a thought for the players who have not played tonight, the staff and the people of Abu Dhabi, who have helped us to take the club to the next level, so many players who have played at City by the past, it is thanks to them that we are here today. We’re taking out a team that knocked out Barca and Bayern in previous rounds. We suffered a lot. We played better in the second half and it’s a very big victory for us. The supporters ? It was weird to play a match like that without an audience… It’s an achievement, but our fans should have been there. The club belongs to the people. We are passing. The supporters remain. They must be very proud. We really appreciated their presence tonight, even if they weren’t in the stands… We believed in it for three seconds against Tottenham in 2019, and we’re very happy now. We asked that the hail be cleared at half-time. Fernandinho? Unbelievable… We changed the eleven a bit to better support the defense. It’s his birthday too. Which gift ! He was an extraordinary captain, he played very well. The title of champion of England perhaps on Saturday? This final validates the work of the last four years. Getting to the final is so hard… You have to be calm, know how to suffer, there are bad times. It’s a fantastic season and we deserve our place in the final. The Parisians are very competitive, they don’t give up and they are used to winning. We stayed calm. It is the details, possibly the red cards, which decide the matches… Possession? They had the ball, we had it in the second half. We changed things in the second half, we did better. It’s always a risk, their rear played very high, we had to adapt. Riyad Mahrez? He is a great talent, he is always present in the big matches. He’s a fantastic player. The players are judged on the big matches and he loves it… The first goal was magnificent, a strike from the right. The second is very beautiful too. He scores three of four goals in the two matches, congratulations to him. ”
Interview at a press conference