PSG Owner Accuses Referee Of Helping Madrid

TV pundit Michael Owen has slammed Gianluca Rocchi, the official at the Bernabeu, for not sending off Neymar for a second bookable offence after he was assumed to have dived.

But instead of applauding the referee’s decision,  a furious Al Khelaifi hit out at Rocchi, claiming his decisions and judgement on the pitch helped Los Blancos turn the tie around.

‘The result was not just,’ the PSG owner told BeIn Sports. ‘I think we played better in the second half, we had our chances to score, but we made mistakes’.

‘(Kylian) Mbappe was called offside by an offside game that was not. The referee’s mistakes cost us. The referee has helped Madrid.’

There were a couple of contentious issues at which the Parisians feel aggrieved.  Firstly, Giovani Lo Celso’s challenge on Toni Kroos which brought about the first penalty.

Then Adrien Rabiot, the scorer of PSG’s goal, struck a shot which appeared to cannon into Sergio Ramos’s arm – but a penalty was not awarded.

And Unai Emery, manager of the Ligue 1 giants, also claimed there was an imbalance when it came to how the game was officiated.

‘He has made decisions that have clearly harmed us,’ Emery told BeIn Sports.

‘He repeatedly give decisions to Real Madrid, we saw it in the cards and fouls. The penalty is not clear and the hand of Ramos tell me that it is not a penalty. The criteria was not the same.’

 

 

 

 

 

‘Nothing Is Impossible’, Says Neymar After PSG Lose To Real

Neymar insisted that Paris Saint-Germain can still qualify for the Champions League quarter-finals despite losing 3-1 to Real Madrid in the first leg of their last-16 tie on Wednesday.

He was in the Barcelona side that lost 4-0 away to PSG in the first leg of the last 16 last season, before a stunning 6-1 victory in the return.

On PSG’s chances of beating Real in the return leg on March 6, he said: “I think it is difficult, but nothing is impossible. Last year I was in a much worse situation and we managed to get through. I hope we will be able to play better.”

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Champions League: PSG Tie Set To Define Real Madrid Season – Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that Real Madrid’s season is now effectively all about their looming Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain as the Spanish giants trail off the pace in La Liga.

“The tie…is one that could define the whole season,” the Portuguese forward told Real’s website after picking up a prize for best player in the world last season from the website Goal.com.

“We’re going to come up against a great team with excellent players, whom we respect a lot.

“But we’ve already shown that we have a very strong, united and experienced group in this competition.”

Real host PSG at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday in the first leg of their last-16 tie, with the return set for March 6 in the French capital.

Zinedine Zidane’s side have won the Champions League in each of the last two seasons, and it is eight years since Real were eliminated at this stage.

Madrid are currently fourth in La Liga, 17 points behind leaders Barcelona, albeit with a game in hand.

That is despite a big 5-2 win over Real Sociedad at the weekend, a game in which Ronaldo scored a hat-trick.

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Lassana Diarra joins Paris Saint-Germain

Lassana Diarra born in Paris has joined his home-town club

Former Chelsea and Arsenal defensive midfielder has joined Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain on an 18-month deal.

The 32-year-old was with Abu Dhabian side Al-Jazira where he spent eight month.

Diarra, who has also played for Real Madrid and PSG’s French rivals Marseille, said: “I am very happy to have signed for my home-town club.

Lassana Diarra previously played for PSG’s rivals Marseille

“Paris Saint-Germain represents a lot to me and, with the international dimension the club has taken in recent seasons, it is every player’s dream to play here.

“I intend to do everything I can, bring all my experience and show all my desire to play, to prove that the club has made the right choice in showing its confidence in me.”

The signing of Diarra, who will wear the number 19 shirt, pleased PSG chariman Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who said: “We are delighted to welcome Lassana Diarra, a quality footballer, to Paris Saint-Germain.

“His vast experience, both of foreign leagues and the international football with the France national team, gives our coaching staff another option as we enter a very exciting second half of the season.”

Neymar May Make £357m Move To Real Madrif

Neymar could be set to smash his own world-record transfer fee and make a sensational move to Real Madrid.

The former Barcelona star became the most expensive footballer in history when he moved to PSG for £198million in August.

But after less than six months in France, it appears the Brazilian is already eyeing his next big transfer, according to reports in Spain.

Marca’s front page yesterday claims the 25-year-old is the Galactico ‘most craved’ at the Spanish giants, but would cost an eye-watering £357m.

Neymar is believed to want the move, the Brazilian’s camp giving signals of his desire to play at the Bernabeu one day despite his Barcelona background.

The Spanish newspaper claims the Galactico policy is one they are keen to revive, having not made such a purchase since the acquisition of James Rodriguez in 2014.

With Real trailing Barcelona by 16 points in La Liga, club president Florentino Perez is keen to make a statement in the transfer market.

Marca claim that Madrid have also considered other options, including Harry Kane, Eden Hazard and Timo Werner, but have made Neymar the priority.

They are determined not to go behind the backs of PSG, and will not pursue a move without the prior knowledge of the Parisian club.

PSG, Bayern Fans Clash In Munich

German police broke up a mass brawl after around 60 supporters of Bayern Munich and rivals Paris Saint-Germain clashed at Munich’s main railway station ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League match.

One French fan had to be treated for a head injury after the brawl broke out late on Monday night and supporters wearing masks had to be separated by police with batons.

Around 30 PSG fans were questioned by Munich police, while three Bayern fans were found to be carrying weapons and were arrested on assault charges.

Around 4,000 PSG fans are expected at the match which was already flagged up by authorities as at risk of violence.

Both clubs are through to the last 16 and will meet at Munich’s Allianz Arena with Bayern needing to win at least 4-0 in order to finish as group winners after losing 3-0 in Paris last September.

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PSG Fans Banned From Marseille Game

Paris Saint-German (PSG) fans have been banned from Marseille’s stadium and the surrounding areas for Sunday’s Ligue 1 clash between the bitter rivals, local police said on Friday.

Marseille-PSG is France’s most heated rivalry and trouble has flared between opposing fans in previous matches.

“The relationship between Marseille and PSG supporters has been marked by animosity for many years,” regional police said in a statement.

PSG fans are prohibited from in and around the stadium from 8:00 am (0600 GMT) Sunday until 4:00 am (0200 GMT) Monday, police said.

French league-leaders PSG will unleash star strike duo Neymar and Kylian Mbappe on Marseille for the first time on Sunday night.

 

 

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Cavani Eager To Play For Man City

Eddison Cavani PSG striker prefers Manchester City better than Real Madrid

Don Balon says Cavani favours City because he believes he will get more chances to score than at any other club.

Cavani and Neymar had a public falling out after arguing over the penalty and free-kick duties during a 2-0 victory over Lyon earlier this season.

The 30-year-old is said to have told club officials that he wants to choose his next destination, with Premier League leaders City his No 1 pick.

Real Madrid is also believed to be interested in signing Cavani in January.

 

‘Money Doesn’t Score Goals’ – Robben Mocks PSG

Arjen Robben has poked fun at big-spending Paris Saint-Germain on the eve of Bayern Munich’s key Champions League away match in the French capital.

With Anderlecht and Celtic also in the pool, the PSG-Bayern clash at Paris’ Parc de Princes on Wednesday could well decide the winner of Group B.

“Paris has certainly given out a few more euros than us, but money doesn’t score goals, the quality on the pitch scores goals, good teams score goals,” said veteran winger Robben before the team jetted to Paris.

PSG signed Neymar from Barcelona for a world record 222 million euros ($264m) and recruited Kylian Mbappe from Monaco last month on an initial loan deal which is set to be made into a permanent move for 180 million euros next year.

But when asked about PSG’s star-studded MCN attack – Mbappe, Edinson Cavani and Neymar – Robben was unphased: “The important thing is the performance of the team, not just to focus on particular players”.

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is convinced Bayern can get a good result in the French capital.

“I know our team, they are highly motivated and concentrated for games like this,” said the former striker.

“I am convinced we can get something out of this game.”

Nevertheless, the biggest test for Bayern’s shaky defence — which threw away a two-goal lead at home to struggling Wolfsburg in a 2-2 draw last Friday — will be to contain ‘MCN’.

“Of course, that is an attack with world-class players, we have to control that, but we have more experience,” countered Rummenigge.

Bayern president Uli Hoeness launched a thinly-veiled attack on PSG’s spending policy in an interview on Monday, but Rummenigge focused on the football.

“This is a prestige game, but one thing is clear: the Champions League is not decided, we want to create the conditions to become group-winners.”

 

 

 

Source: The Guardian

Cavani, Only For A Set Price – PSG

PSG are prepared to sell Edinson Cavani in January – but only for a set price.

In Madrid, claims that management and senior players have smoothed tension between Cavani and Neymar have been denied.

The Uruguay striker’s departure could still happen, particularly with PSG facing pressure from financial fair play regulations.

Rai Sport says AC Milan have expressed interest and been informed Cavani can be signed to €70m. It’s also been revealed Everton is targeting the striker as a replacement for Romelu Lukaku, now of Manchester United.

Cavani, meanwhile, is demanding €12m-a-year to leave Paris in January.

 

 

 

Man City Fear Losing Alexis Signing To PSG After Stunning Offer

Manchester City fear being trumped by PSG in the race for wantaway Arsenal attacker Alexis Sanchez.

City boss Pep Guardiola was confident the 28-year-old wanted to join them, despite a failed £60m pursuit in the previous transfer window.

But Paris Saint-Germain is ramping up their interest and want him to partner Neymar and Kylian Mbappe upfront.

Sanchez met with PSG chiefs in the French capital this summer, where they discussed a potential transfer.

He demanded a staggering £400,000-a-week, which the Ligue 1 side admitted they could not afford to pay.

But Unai Emery’s team did tell him they would hand him a hefty signing on fee and top City’s offer of £275,000-a-week.

It is understood PSG will offload Edinson Cavani, who recently had a bust-up with Neymar over a free-kick to make way for Sanchez.

 

 

Source: Tribal Football