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Paris Saint-Germain
coach Mauricio Pochettino said his team “deserved better” after
losing 4-1 on aggregate to Manchester City in the Champions League semi-finals
following a 2-0 defeat in Tuesday’s second leg.

Riyad Mahrez’s double at the Etihad Stadium denied the
French champions a second straight final appearance, as PSG struggled to break
down the City defence without the injured Kylian Mbappe.

“I think that if you analyse the two games, we
dominated a team that is very difficult to dominate, but you need this
percentage of luck sometimes to score in the key moments,” Pochettino told
French broadcaster RMC Sport.

“I’m proud. I congratulated Manchester City but I feel disappointed because I think we deserved more, but they were more clinical than us, they were able to score the goals they needed.

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“We played the match with the plan we wanted.”

PSG defeated Barcelona and holders Bayern Munich to reach
this season’s last four but paid for their indiscipline and subdued attacking
display, ending both games against City with 10 men and failing to register a
shot on target in Manchester.

Pochettino, appointed to replace Thomas Tuchel in January,
was keen to draw on the positives though with PSG still competing for the Ligue
1 title and French Cup.

“I think we need to be positive. To get here and beat
Barcelona and Bayern, it’s a shame not to get to the final but the team will
never give up, we fight,” he said.

“We played 10 against 11 both home and away, for 35-40
minutes, it’s a huge disadvantage. Today wasn’t for us.”

Abdul Gh Lone

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