Kingsley Coman after win over PSG: "There was no plan to stop Kylian Mbappe"
PSG visited Bayern Munich for the second-leg game of their last-16 Champions League matchup and crashed out of Europe losing 0-2 to the German giants (0-3 loss on aggregate). It is the fifth time in seven seasons PSG fails to make it past the first knockout round.
The French club is now aiming at another season of winning just the lesser Ligue 1 in a rather disappointing fashion, having already getting eliminated from the Coupe de France by Classique rivals Olympique Marseille.
After the game, former PSG defender and current Bayern Munich leader Kingsley Coman spoke to the press and commented on what happened in the matchup between two of the teams he's played for through his successful career.
Did PSG lack audacity tonight?
"I would say they were unlucky because Paris had some great chances. But we were solid at the back, saving two very good scoring chances. This put us in a good position in the game. At half-time, we sorted out the problems and offered a much better face in the second period."
Bayern appeared very serene during the meeting. Is this Munich's DNA?
"Yes, we are used to this kind of match, and we know that we have to keep a cool head because there are weak times and strong times. We had our weak moments before the break, but during half-time, we talked to each other. We said to ourselves that we were at home, that we were going to drop deeper to try to be more compact and be able to counter them. We also had to give everything, and in the end, it worked.
What was the plan to counter Kylian Mbappe?
"There was no big plan to stop Mbappe. The idea was above all to cut his partnership with Lionel Messi. Usually, we are a team that presses very high throughout the game. We just tried at times to sit deeper to give them less depth."
Did the first goal allow you to gain the upper hand psychologically?
"Yes, of course. We won the first leg 1-0, so scoring the first goal on Wednesday gave us some confidence. It gave us a margin of error so we could impose our tempo more and press more. This is what made our success because they had to uncover themselves to score twice. In the end, it worked and we are super happy."
What makes the difference between a big European club (Bayern) and a club trying to become one (PSG)?
"It's hard to say, these are small details. The difference is probably linked to the fact that Bayern have been a great club for many years and Europe is in its DNA. Paris is on the way, they have been a top European club for a few years, they are still going far in the Champions League and they are contenders for the title. Sometimes you just have to let time pass, and the wheel will eventually turn for Paris."