Emery: What Neymar, others lacked against Ronaldo & Co - FCNaija

Champions League By: Ambrose Udeme | 14/02/2018

Unai Emery, Paris Saint-Germain

Paris Saint-Germain manager Unai Emery has reacted to his side's poor second-half display against Real Madrid and has revealed what the likes of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Cavani lacked against a prolific Los Blancos side led by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Two goals in either half by Cristiano Ronaldo and a late scrappy finish by Marcelo made sure Real Madrid head to Paris for the second leg with a comfortable two-goal cushion.

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Speaking at a press conference in an interview with UEFA.com after the game, Emery said: "We played a good game, a really good game. We deserved more. Right now I’m optimistic for the second leg. We have chances, having seen the way we played in parts today. The result is 3-1 but the play on the pitch didn’t reflect that. The side played a good game, it’s a tough result to take. The players played with personality.

"Maybe we just lacked the final ball. I think we deserved a better result for our performance. The match was decided by small details."

"I have confidence in this side. If we look at the things we did, we did well. We had the chance to get a better result here. We created chances. Madrid didn’t have control of the game and they knew they might be able to get a counter and score and they did just that. We were in our best moment when they scored their second and it affected us.

"I’m thinking about the chance we have at our place in front of own fans. We have the chance to pull off the comeback." said Emery

Emery is sure to face criticism after this result, but, despite his surprise team selections, the decision to take off Cavani and bring on Meunier was perhaps the oddest. The Uruguay striker looked as surprised as everyone else, and Paris just seemed to lose their shape in the last 20 minutes.
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