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Champions League: PSG Semi-Final Loss Leaves Questions

Champions League: PSG Semi-Final Loss Leaves Questions

Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League (PSG) journey ended in disappointment as they failed to score a single goal over two legs against Borussia Dortmund in the semi-finals. Despite 44 attempts on goal and six hitting the woodwork, the French champions couldn’t find the back of the net.

Manager Luis Enrique expressed disbelief at the team’s inability to convert their chances. “What does it depend on? The Holy Spirit passing by,” he joked, acknowledging PSG’s misfortune.

The team generated more than three expected goals across the match but lacked the finishing touch to secure a win. “If there is a team that has had bad luck, it is PSG,” Enrique noted.

Misfortune was a factor, but PSG’s lack of composure in crucial moments was more telling.

In contrast, Dortmund excelled in both defense and attack, as PSG star Kylian Mbappe admitted. “In decisive matches in the Champions League, you have to be ruthless,” he said. “And we were not ruthless enough.”

The pressure fell on Mbappe, who was playing his final Champions League match for PSG at the Parc des Princes.

After six years with the club, he leaves without the European glory he and his team desired. “When I score, I take the light and stand in front of you,” Mbappe said. “When I don’t, I also take on the dark side.”

For some, the result marked a symbolic end to PSG’s era of big spending. Despite billions in investment, the coveted Champions League trophy remained out of reach.

The failure could not be blamed solely on financial clout or the talents of Mbappe, who did not get the triumphant send-off he may have hoped for.

The focus now shifts to the club’s future. Club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi dismissed questions about Enrique’s job security, emphasizing the need for stability and long-term planning. PSG will continue with Enrique at the helm, striving for a fresh start and continuity.

Though the season marked a period of transition with 13 new players and a search for a refined playing style, it offered glimpses of a promising future.

PSG’s young squad, averaging just over 24 years old, faces a learning curve in high-pressure situations like the Champions League semi-final. Their composure in crucial moments will need to improve.

Off the field, the fans have reunited with the club, supporting the team and acknowledging their efforts. A tifo honoring the players, coaches, and club officials was displayed before kickoff. The connection with the supporters offers hope for the future, as the team looks to build on this season’s experiences.

While this season may not have ended with the European success PSG desired, it represents a step forward in the club’s journey.

The focus now shifts to developing the young talent within the squad and harnessing the potential for future successes.


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