France’s RMC Sports said on the 1st (Korea Standard Time), “President Al Kelly, who returned to Parc des Princes to watch the PSG and Newcastle match, visited the locker room in person to say a word to the players and encourage the young players.”
PSG had a 1-1 draw with Newcastle in the fifth Group F match of the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League at the Parc des Princes in Paris, France on the 29th. PSG, which had seven points with two wins, one draw and two losses, maintained its second place. However, there is still a possibility that it will be eliminated from the group stage depending on the result of the final match, so we cannot rest assured yet.
PSG, which sought to win unconditionally at home, showed disappointing decision-making power throughout the game and failed to bring victory. Kylian Mbappe, Usman Dembele, and Lee Kang-in started, and tried to target Newcastle, but rather gave Newcastle the first goal and played a difficult game.
PSG recorded a total of 31 shots on the day. However, it only garnered seven shots on target. Even one goal was Mbappe’s penalty kick, which was controversial in extra time in the second half. PSG was on the verge of losing, failing to take advantage of numerous opportunities by itself.
Except for Mbappena, who scored a golden equalizer, and Fabian Lewis, who showed good performance in the midfield, the rest of the players were not well received. In particular, young players such as Bradley Barcola, who missed countless opportunities after being replaced by Lee Kang-in, could not avoid criticism.
“Lee Kang-in started in place of Vitinha, but he had the worst performance since joining PSG. Compared to usual, he failed a lot in crosses and passes. It was a complete waste of technology. He failed to display decisive performance,” French football player Foot Mercato said.
Immediately after the game, reporters asked Luis Enrique, “Didn’t Lee Kang-in lose the ball too often?” It was a reprimanding question that Lee Kang-in, who has a long career in ball guards, did not play his part in Newcastle’s strong pressure defense this day, but the timing of the replacement was late.
RMC Sports gave Barca a more negative assessment. “Barca didn’t have many chances to tie the game. It’s like a youth league player. We played a Champions League game, not a youth league game. We have to let Barca play in the youth league,” RMC reporter Daniel Riolo said.
Local media did not give a good impression on him, but Al-Khelaifi instilled confidence and courage in young players. After the game, he personally visited the locker room and delivered a message of encouragement.
According to the media, despite the recent knee surgery, Chairman Al Kelly went down to the locker room and gave a speech without being very angry at the players, especially to the youngest group of players.
RMC Sports explained, “President Al Kelly might have been annoyed by the outcome of the draw, including Barca’s countless missed opportunities. However, as he headed to the locker room, Al Kelly comforted and encouraged the young players.” 메이저 토토사이트
Meanwhile, Group F, which is considered the toughest group in the Champions League this season, has a chance to advance to the round of 16 teams except for top-ranked Borussia Dortmund. While Dortmund confirmed its advance to the round of 16 teams with 10 points (three wins, one draw and one loss), PSG is trailing with seven points. Newcastle and AC Milan are ranked third and fourth, respectively, with five points.
If PSG loses to Dortmund in the final match and either team wins the match between Newcastle and Milan, PSG will be eliminated from the group stage and fall to the Europa League round of 16 playoffs. He will leave Germany on the 14th of next month with good memories of beating Dortmund 2-0 in the first group match.