Paris St. Germain manager, Unai Emery has admitted late referee decisions cost the club from advancing to the quarter finals of this year’s UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE.
The Paris based club lost 6-1 to Barcelona in the second leg, losing 6-5 on aggregate after winning the first leg 4-0. Barcelona became the first club to overturn a 4-0 deficit and made history as the greatest comeback in UCL history.
Barcelona took the lead through Luis Suarez and were 2-0 up in the 40th minute as Layvin Kurzawa scored an own goal. Messi added a third from the spot before Edison Cavani scored what was to prove a vital away goal. Neymar scored a freekick to put the host 4-0 up before four became fifth with a Neymar penalty. Sergi Roberto came off the bench to secure passage for the Catalans into the quarter finals for the tenth year in a row.
At his post match presser, Unai Emery was quick to admit late referee decisions were part of their loss saying; “When we analyse it it is true that we have missed a major opportunity. The first half was our fault and we didn’t manage to press or do things with the ball. We defended very deep and they had more chances to score. We made mistakes for the two first-half goals”.
“We were calmer in the second half and better positioned. We improved and had a chance for 3-2. The refereeing decisions went against us and we lost everything in the closing minutes. Barcelona are capable of doing that. It was all or nothing for them in the final minutes.
“It’s a negative experience for me and for the club. We need to learn from it.”
The loss was a big blow to the PSG manager as his future hangs in the air.