Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot felt that the game became 'impossible' as the ten-man French side fell to a 2-1 (5-2 on aggregate) defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League round of 16.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
UEFA Champions League last 16, second leg
Paris Saint-Germain 1 - 2 Real Madrid CF (Real Madrid win 5-2 on aggregate)
Nasser Al-Khelaïfi (Paris Saint-Germain Chairman and CEO): "We are really very disappointed tonight. We believed before and during the match. In the first half, we dominated and could have opened the scoring. But then things turned against us: Real Madrid scored, Marco Verratti was sent off... obviously, with ten men, it got all the more difficult. We know Real Madrid's experience, but we didn't do enough to win tonight. This defeat is very difficult to digest."
Unai Emery (Paris Saint-Germain coach): "Analysing these two matches immediately, we can say that Real Madrid deserved it 60 per cent and us only 40 per cent. In the first match, at 1-1 in the Bernabéu, we could have made the difference. Unfortunately, Real Madrid made the most of their late chances. Tonight, we needed to avoid conceding a goal. After the opening goal and then the red card to [Marco] Verratti, it all became too difficult. Obviously we are disappointed to be eliminated in the last 16, even if it was at the hands of the twice defending champions."
Adrien Rabiot (Paris Saint-Germain midfielder): "I think we can regret what happened in the first match, in Madrid. We controlled the first half tonight, but we lacked the goal we needed to make them doubt a little bit. In the second half, playing ten versus 11, against a team like Real Madrid, it was impossible. In my opinion, we lost this tie at the Bernabeu. We tried to give it everything, but at the end of the night, the entire club is disappointed. For the moment, we can't get passed the last-16, but that will change at one time or another, I'm sure of that. We need to keep working hard, for us and our fans, who were incredible tonight. I would like to thank them on behalf of the whole team. They encouraged us throughout, sang right to the very end, tried to turn things around, but we didn't do it..."
Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid coach): "We played a good game in the first leg and tonight we took care of business, staying well organised. Tactically, we did well. The important thing was to play high up the pitch and stop them from playing out of defence. Given the match as a whole, I think we deserved to win. That we're through to the quarters after these two matches, is deserved."