PSG ask fans for forgiveness

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Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League exit will be a tough one to overcome for both the players and the fans, while the team’s midfielder Marco Verratti apologised to the supporters after the match.

He admitted to feeling embarrassed and upset, echoing the generally distraught mood from within the Parisian camp.

“I feel ashamed,” the Italian said in the mixed zone after the game.

“We ask for the fans’ forgiveness.

“We’re obviously very sad.”

Discussing the way the match unfolded and the Ligue 1 champions’ approach, Verratti detailed just how hard it was for him and his teammates.

“It was Barcelona who forced us to play deep,” he explained.

“We knew that all of the Barcelona players are better than us.

“The only thing we had to do was to play as a team and to play united.

“It’s never easy at the Camp Nou and it’s difficult to cover all of the space.”

As for the officiating, Verratti did not seek to blame the referee Deniz Aytekin for his side’s failures.

“There were two penalties given against us,” he said.

“Yet we lost 6-1, so it was because of us, not because of the referee.”

Verratti and co. must now turn their focus back to domestic action, where they’re aiming to chase down Monaco at the top of the Ligue 1 table, with a trip to Lorient coming up this weekend.

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