We are really very disappointed tonight. We had a ideal match. In the first half, we dominated and could have opened the scoring.
“We dominated the game by enjoying our football again, we’ve recovered that state of mind which has helped us achieve so much and I hope this continues because we still haven’t won anything”. “This defeat is very hard to digest”.
PSG had to swallow their first home defeat in all competitions since March 2016, and they had to wait for at least another season to pursue the European top club competition’s glory. Unfortunately, Real Madrid made the most of their late chances. The hosts got lucky after Marco Verrati’s sending off when Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani got The Parisians level pegging (only in the returning leg) with his 71st-minute strike.
He now has scored 22 goals in his last 13 Champions League appearances, including three against PSG, three against Atletico Madrid, two against Juventus, two against Tottenham Hotspur and five against Bayern Munich.
“We played the ball back and forth but you can not score just doing that”, Draxler added.
The tie had escaped them before Verratti was sent off midway through the second half, picking up a second yellow card for dissent. In my opinion, we lost this tie at Santiago Bernabeu. “For the moment, we can not get past the last 16, but that will change at one time or another, I am sure of that”.
“We needed to put pressure on the opponents right from the start”. 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. We prepared the system for how they would play. Tactically, we played the game as expected.
Real took victory on the night, however, when Casemiro was able to get on the end of a deflection 80 minutes into the match.