Draxler blasts PSG coach Emery after UEFA CL exit - FCNaija

Champions League By: Ambrose Udeme | 07/03/2018

Julian Draxler, Paris Saint-Germain

Germany international Julian Draxler has called to question the tactics deployed by Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emer during Tuesday's UEFA Champions League home defeat to defending Champions Real Madrid.

While the Parisians still have a few things going on domestically as they are on course for the French treble, PSG who are desperate to win the Champions League saw their hopes dashed in France as Real Madrid advanced to the next phase of the competition at their expense following a 5-2 aggregate win in their last-16 tie.

Draxler reportedly told ZDF that he was "surprised and a bit sour" only coming onto the pitch 14 minutes from time. The forward who Draxler couldn’t hold his anger towards PSG boss Unai Emery replaced Angel Di Maria for the final 15 minutes of the match with the score at 1-1.

"I didn't really understand it. We had just scored the 1-1, but that goal was worth nothing. That's why I thought it would have been better to continue to attack and press forward.

"But I don't know what happened there. In any case, I was surprised and a bit sour. Overall, we just showed too little. That's why it's hard to accept we failed that miserably today.

"We had big goals. All of the city was fired up, we were fired up. But then we show a match without anything, no explosiveness. That's not how you beat Real Madrid."

"We only passed the ball along. Sure, I think we had more possession. But that won't buy you anything. You must pressure Real Madrid when you are 3-1 down and not only pass the ball along and hope you score a goal. I think we should have pressured the opponent from the outset and we didn't do that, and thus we deserved to go out." said the former Schalke 04 man.

PSG's next match is on Saturday, March 10, at home to Metz in Ligue 1 while Real Madrid play away in La Liga on the same day against Eibar, who are eighth in the division and in contention for a Europa League spot.