Reactions as PSG dishes Real Madrid heaviest UCL defeat of the decade


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Zidane bemoans the lack of intensity from his Real Madrid side on Wednesday when they lost to PSG by 3-0.

It was the biggest champions league opening day loss for the Spanish giant since Lyon in 2004 and Bayern Leverkusen 2005 seasons.

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane: “We didn’t really ever get going. Here we are all in the same boat. When we win, we all win. When we lose, we all lose. This defeat is hard to take, but we have another game on Sunday [against Sevilla] and need to focus on that.

“They were superior to us in everything they did, and in intensity, which annoys me the most. They were good and created chances, but what worries me is that we played without intensity.

“We knew they’d pressure us. But we didn’t really get properly into the game at any stage. Intensity is the most important thing on the pitch. You can have your worst game, but if you play with intensity, put your foot in, win challenges, you can win the game – but we didn’t.”

Zidane Tuchel Real vs PSG 2019 UCL Di Maria scores 2
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PSG coach Thomas Tuchel: “This was really a team performance without and with the ball. When we play without Neymar, [Kylian] Mbappe and [Edinson] Cavani, it can help. People say we’re not favourites and it can take the pressure off. It’s impossible to play every game without them, of course. We need every player.

Di Maria PSG Real Madrid 2019

“[Angel] Di Maria has been showing for a year that he’s capable of this kind of performance. His left foot is extraordinary. He has exceptional statistics with us and he’s always decisive with goals and assists. Defensively, he was very strong and humble as well. He closed out [Dani] Carvajal and worked well with [Juan] Bernat on the left.”

Source: BBC Sport

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