We can’t even begin to imagine just how awful these past few days have been for Paris Saint-Germain supporters.
The Parisians had one foot in the Champions League quarter-finals when Edinson Cavani scored against Barcelona but what happened next will be remembered as one of the biggest collapses in football history.
PSG managed to ship three goals in the final seven minutes, guaranteeing their place in the list of worst choke jobs in sporting history.
RMC Sport gave a fascinating insight into the reaction inside PSG’s dressing room after the game.
“The Parisian players arrive in the locker room totally annihilated,” journalist Mohamed Bouhafsi wrote.
“The silence is deafening. No one looks at each other, no one talks. A player cracks and cries.”
The grief was still felt as PSG’s players boarded their 2:30am flight back to Paris. “The atmosphere on the plane is horrible, detestable,” Bouhafsi added.
One PSG couldn't have friend's taunts
There is some relief to be found in the fact that the players will experience this awful week together. But it’s not quite the same for the supporters, who will have to deal with mocking from fans of other teams, presumably at home or in work places, for a while.
A sad story has emerged - per daily newspaper L’Union, and brought to our attention by L’Equipe - from Gabon about a PSG who killed a friend who had ridiculed him after the 6-1 defeat.
They watched the game together
The PSG fan, 18, stabbed his victim in the neck after becoming increasingly frustrated at his friend’s mockery towards him. The pair had watched the game together in a bar in a popular neighbourhood in the capital of Gabon, where they had consumed several beers.
The victim apparently died on the spot and the PSG supporters was arrested. He insisted that he did not intend to kill.
Very sad indeed.
Result could cost Emery his job
Reports claim Unai Emery could find himself out of a job after he oversaw PSG’s defeat. That would seem harsh, considering how close the French club were to knocking Barca out, but it highlights the ruthless nature of modern football.
PSG, backed by the Qatar Sports Investments, were handed an incredibly tough draw but it’s another year in which they’ve failed to reach the latter stages of the Champions League.
The Parisians haven’t appeared in the semi-finals of the competition since 1994-95. And the fans are growing restless.
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