Paris Saint-Germain had Real Madrid on the ropes, on the verge of elimination from the Champions Leagueby putting the series 2-0 in his favor at the end of the first stage.
However, three goals from Karim Benzema in the second stage completely changed the picture and gave Real Madrid qualification for the quarterfinals and sentenced another failure of the French club. Mauricio Pochettino, the PSG coach, blamed the Dutch referee Danny Makkelie for the elimination of his team.
The phrase in which Pochettino blames the referee
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“I think that the fact of conceding a goal that was not legal, because it was a foul, is explained by the exception. The course of the match changes, the energy changes, the emotions change, and everything that comes after is going to be conditioned by such a decisive action in the game, that he has not been penalized with a foul on Benzema”, explained the Argentine coach.
“Everyone who has played football knows that an action like that changes the mental state of the 22 players and everyone around them,” Pochettino added.
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Later, the DT was asked again about the play and if it was not a mistake by the goalkeeper Donnarumma, who lost the ball with Benzema. “It is not an error because it is a clear foul. I have seen the images between 30 and 40 times, with all the cameras. It is not a goalkeeper error, it is a foul. The small details count and the VAR has not seen a decisive foul. It is a determining factor that influenced the mood of the two teams and the stadium. We had control of the game and the chances”, he assured.
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