PSG Was the Closest Club to Defeating Real Madrid in the Champions League Claims Mauricio Pochettino

PSG Was the Closest Club to Defeating Real Madrid in the Champions League Claims Mauricio Pochettino

  • French champions Paris Saint-Germain suffered Champions League heartbreak when they were eliminated by a Karim Benzema-inspired Real Madrid
  • Since PSG's disappointing exit from the Champions League, Real Madrid has by-passed Chelsea and Manchester City to reach a record-extending 17th final
  • Assessing his side's performance in the European interclub competition, Pochettino believes his club came closest to ending Madrid's run to the finals as compared to Chelse and City

Mauricio Pochettino, manager of French giants Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), claims his side was the closest to knocking out Real Madrid from the Champions League.

PSG endured yet another disappointing attempt at clinching their first Champions League title after the Paris-based outfit was eliminated at the round-of-16 stage by 13-time winners Real Madrid.

Pochettino's side held a 1-0 advantage ahead of the reverse tie at the Santiago Bernabeu and when Mbappe broke the deadlock in the second leg, the Parisians were quarterfinal bound.

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Mauricio Pochettino's PSG suffered Champions League exit at the hands of record-holders Real Madrid in the round-of-16 stage. Photo credit: @PSG_inside @realmadrid
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But an inspired Benzema led Los Blancos to a great comeback as Madrid rallied to a 3-1 win to edge PSG on aggregate.

Since PSG's exit from the premier European competition, Madrid have eliminated defending champions Chelsea and Pep Guardiola's Manchester City en route to the finals against Liverpool.

Reflecting on his side's Champions League campaign, Pochettino believes PSG came closer to eliminating Madrid as compared to Chelsea and Man City.

"We were closer to eliminating Madrid than Chelsea and [Manchester] City," Pochettino told the press as quoted by MARCA.
"Unfortunately, we had bad moments that made it impossible for us to continue in the competition."

Despite rumours of Pochettino's exit, the former Tottenham Hotspurs trainer guided PSG to a tenth Ligue 1 success.

Pochettino face an uncertain future despite leading PSG to domestic success

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly set to sack Mauricio Pochettino just hours after he helped the club win the French Ligue 1 title.

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The French giants were crowned league champions after their 1-2 draw ith Europe-chasing, Lens, on Saturday, April 23.

Despite that feat, Daily Mail reports PSG bosses are now negotiating the terms of Pochettino's departure.