Paris Saint Germain suffered another untimely European exit at the hands of Spanish giants Madrid, indicating they are still far young to compete in Europe’s elite competition semi-finals.
New year, another enormous investment, and another hopeless and miserable Champions League for Le Parisien. Once again, the Ligue 1 side won’t be holding aloft the European Cup.
It’s true and genuine with an old adage that says money don’t buy you happiness and satisfaction, but the reverse is the case in the beautiful game of football, it sure can buy you Champions League and that’s all that matter for PSG.
Everything began in 2011. With Qatari businessman, Nasser bin Ghanim Al-Khelaifi arriving in the City of Love to restored hope and he had a plan. Afterwards, after £100million of investment, with Javier Pastore the standout name, the Parisian didn’t get past the group stage, well ‘China Wall’ wasn’t built in a day.
After this, it was Barcelona who appeared to build up an affinity to deny Al-Khelaifi and the French club their definitive prize. The Catalan giants sent them packing three times from the Champions League, but not before PSG had splashed huge sum on Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva and Lavezzi. It was always the quarterfinals, more like a curse placed on the French giants, a phase that they haven’t moved beyond in five years.
However, in 2013-14, after another summer of heavy transfer investment, it was Chelsea who thumped out PSG.
A year ago, an unforgettable and surprising moment, Barcelona triumphed again subsequent to completing one of the greatest comebacks in sports. Subsequently, PSG spent over £400million in summer transfer window only to see themselves crash out at a similar stage once more.
This time it was another Spanish team Real Madrid who sent them packing from Europe and let them maintain their domestic dominance. So perhaps it proves, that in a footballing market where money talks, possibly it still can’t get you whatever you need.
Meanwhile, Germany playmaker Julian Draxler was extremely incredulous of his team Paris Saint-Germain on German TV after their loss.
It wasn’t only the 2-1 thrashing to Madrid at the Parc des Princes, but the way of the 5-2 aggregate loss and nobody has been more critical than PSG’s own particular player Julian Draxler, who was introduced to the game with 14 minutes with go and the tie already lost.
Draxler speaking to ‘ZDF’, the Germany international made his feelings very clear:
“Madrid played the ball confidently and were not nervous at all. We [just] played the it back and forth, but you cannot win like that. You have to press Madrid when you lose [the first leg] 3-1. Not just make passes and wait for a goal to fall from the sky“.
“The goal for 1-1 went in but it did not change anything for us. I felt we needed to keep pressing and playing offensively. We lost a man [when Marco Verratti was sent off] and even though we got it to 1-1, the whole stadium knew the game would not turn around because we didn’t have the intensity on the pitch“.
The 24-year old didn’t keep down at criticising Unai Emery, who still believes the Ligue 1 table-toppers will win the Champions League one day:
“In the summer we spent €400m and everyone was talking about how it was going to change things, but we have failed to get through this round again“