Paris-Saint-Germain defender David Luiz was full of praise for Barcelona after they swept aside his team to win 2-0 to progress to the Champions League semi-final.
Praise for Barcelona
The 2-0 loss on the night meant the French side lost the side 5-1 on aggregate, despite knocking out Luiz’s former club Chelsea in the previous round. And Luiz offered plenty of criticism to the Spanish side following their victory, and believes the giants were the better side in both legs of the game.
“They had a fantastic match, they controlled the game and they have an amazing philosophy to play football,” the Brazilian told The National.
“It’s difficult to play against a team like this, especially when you are without four or five important players in the first game. They deserved to win and be in another semi-final because they were better in both games."
Luiz was heavily criticised for his performance during the game, and was booked after just three minutes for a rash tackle on Ivan Rakitic.
Especially critical of the Brazilian was ITV pundit Roy Keane, who compared his performance to that of a schoolboy.
“I actually feel sorry for him. He doesn’t smell danger and the stuff there is literally schoolboy stuff,” former United defender Keane said.
“You’ve got to give the boy sympathy, a little bit, because he doesn’t look like he knows what he’s doing,” he added.
Luiz joined Paris-Saint-Germain for a massive £50 million fee in 2014, with many still doubting the defender’s ability to warrant such a big transfer fee.