“We were the better team over the 90 minutes!”

Oliver Mintzlaff and Julian Nagelsmann look back on the 1-0 defeat against Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League

Julian Nagelsmann:

  • “We can’t be too hard on ourselves because we did well. I’ve rarely seen a team be so dominant at Paris Saint-German as we were today. The first goal clearly played into PSG’s hands. We knew how dangerous they can be on the counter. We could’ve equalised straight away after the break and we had lots more good chances after that.

    PSG didn’t really have a clear-cut chance and we definitely had the better opportunities. That’s why we deserved at least a point; we were the better team over the 90 minutes. Games like this are decided by small margins, and that was a penalty today unfortunately. It wasn’t a penalty in my view and it wasn’t checked sadly.”

Oliver Mintzlaff:

  • “We played really well and showed an impressive mentality. We were the better side over long stretches of, if not the whole, game. So it obviously hurts a little that such a brilliant performance against last year’s Champions League finalists hasn’t been rewarded.
    It was a game against a world-class side, and we put them under a lot of pressure. Sadly, we were just lacking the finishing touch. You don’t get 50 chances against PSG, so you have to make the most of those that you have. But you have to say again: I can’t complain about how the boys did and I’m really proud of the performance despite the result.
    It hurts to talk about the penalty: the referee made the decision and VAR didn’t intervene.”

Markus Krösche:

  • "We’re obviously disappointed to have lost, but I think we played really well, dominating PSG for the full 90 minutes. Considering the opposition’s quality, we can be happy with our performance. Only the result isn’t what we were hoping for.

    We did really well up until the final third, where our conviction in the one-on-one situations was lacking. 

    The new guys need time - attacking players need to learn the timings of their opponents and be familiar with the typical moves. This will take time. Our style of play is unique and players need to get used to this first. These players will be very valuable for us in the future. 

    It's still in our own hands. If we win the remaining two games we'll be in the last 16. That's out goal. Obviously we've got a tough game ahead of us in Istanbul, but given how the team played against PSG, I'm confident. Then we'll have a nice 'final' of sorts against Manchester United." 

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