PSG: Leonardo remains "optimistic for the future" after elimination

Passed to the microphone of RMC Sport this Tuesday evening after the defeat of the PSG on the ground of Manchester City in the semi-final second leg of the Champions League (2-0), the Parisian sporting director Leonardo preferred to retain the positive of this European campaign. Remembering that the goal is to win the C1.

No rant, no strong message to convey, but the will, above all, to play down. If PSG was eliminated from the Champions League by Manchester City at the end of the semi-final second leg (2-0) this Tuesday evening, the Parisian sporting director Leonardo insisted at the microphone of RMC Sport on the two great consecutive campaigns.

“We can not forget what we have done over the past two years, recalls the Brazilian. We reached the final last summer and we lost 1-0 against a team that has won everything. This year, we had ups and downs, but we eliminated Barça and Bayern. The goal for us is always to win, not to reach the semi-finals. But our journey over the past two years has made us a real candidate to win the Champions League. We must continue, keep this base. It has been a very complicated year physically and mentally, for everyone. But we can be satisfied with a lot of things. “

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“We played better in two halves”

Asked about the future of Neymar and Mbappé, the leader did not give any particular news. “Honestly, now is not the time to decide or announce anything,” he continued. “Once again we have to be proud of what we have done. Our goal is to c ‘is to win. If we analyze everything, we played better during two halves out of four, after we took some bizarre goals, today the first comes from a clearance by the goalkeeper. But there is a lot of things positive. We came out of very difficult situations during the competition. Mauricio arrived in January, we are building, I am optimistic for the future. “

But first, there is the present, and the battle for the league title. “There are still three Ligue 1 games. These are three finals, warns Leonardo. We have to stay focused. It’s difficult but we must immediately get back to L1 and win the points to be champions, which is still our goal. There is also the Coupe de France. We have to keep some energy. We lost, unfortunately, but we are leaving here with the awareness that we are a great group, which will achieve important things . “

As for the controversy over the referee’s possible insults towards Marco Verratti and / or Leandro Paredes, Leonardo did not insist too much. But still let know his amazement: “We talked about that, you even found the images (note: the images do not show anything obvious), it is so clear that I do not even comment. is a pity, I do not want to justify our elimination with the question of the referee, but a lot of situations were not handled well. “

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