Criticisms against Unai Emery’s poor handling of PSG’s global competitiveness and Nasser Al-Khelaifi‘s sporting project has taken a new twist since the team’s disappointing 2-1 loss to Real Madrid.
The blame game has spiraled into discontentment in PSG’s dressing room with Julian Draxler going public with his anger.
Draxler, 24, told a German television that there’s nothing joyous about his entrance into the game which was delayed 5 minutes after Uruguayan forward Edison Cavani pulled one back for the Parisian club.
Image: Julian Draxler
Draxler was supposed to replace Angel Di Maria in the 71st minute according to plans but Emery’s lack of concern delayed the German midfielder’s entrance until five minutes later.
The World Cup winner says he is yet to understand his manager and team’s lack of sensitivity, adding that the reaction against cup holders was not logical.
“The coach didn’t seem overly worried,” Draxler said.
“Making it 1-1 could have changed a lot for us, but it didn’t…I feel we should have kept pressing Madrid and attacking them.
“Real Madrid were totally relaxed,” said Draxler, who played for Schalke 04 and VFL Wolfsburg before joining PSG in 2017.
“They [Los Blancos] weren’t nervous at all and to make things worse, we kicked the ball around a lot even when we know no team ever wins with that alone. We needed to put Madrid under pressure, especially when you are losing 1-3.”
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He continued, “You can’t just pass the ball about and hope a goal falls from the sky…We deserved to be knocked out of the competition.
“Only last summer we spent 400 million euros to bring changes in the squad…And in the end we can’t even get past the first knockout round.
“I don’t know what happened. I was a surprised and a little angry,” the talented footballer said.
Draxler captained Germany’s team that won FIFA’s 2017 Confederations Cup, a tournament where he also won the Golden Ball trophy as the best player of the competition.
PSG’s inability to translate their domestic dominance into European success has worsened Emery’s chance of remaining in charge of affairs at the club.
Emery will be out of contract at the end of this season and reports in the media say there are possibilities that either Chelsea’s Antonio Conte or Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger will replace the 46-year-old.