13 dec
2023
– 22:05

(update at 22:08)

On Wednesday, 16 teams classified in the 1/8 finals competed in the Champions League. Despite struggling in the “group of death”, PSG advanced to the knockout stage in second place in group F. After the match, defender Marquinhos appreciated the team's performance as a guest and talked about the changes taking place in the squad.

“I think the most important thing would be to take home the standings. I think it was clear from the beginning (of the match) that we counted on winning. The team showed a good face away, different from the other two away games, which showed that we have potential and are developing. It's a very young team, a lot has changed this year,” Marquinhos said in an interview TNT Sports.

The defender added: “Since last season, if I'm not mistaken, there are three or four players left who always play, so it takes some time. I believe we have shown that we are improving a lot this season. project z There are a lot of changes and a lot to improve, but we are happy with the classification and we dream of the next stage of the Champions League.”

Marquinhos also commented on PSG's lack of precision in finishing and the need to know how to “kill the game”. The club from the French capital fired 18 shots, but only six of them hit the goal saved by Kobel.

“It was an open match. We had situations where we could have finished the match, we know what a difference it makes in important games. We need to be a little more effective. We have to move on to the next phase where the fights will be decisive to finish the match. We also need to defend better in defense to avoid conceding the goals we concede. It's the details that make the difference and that's why we feel we could have won this match,” said the Brazilian.

Finally, Marquinhos also predicted PSG's clash in the 1/8 finals of the Champions League. By finishing second in the group, the team led by Luis Enrique could face stronger teams such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Bayern and Manchester City.

“We are preparing for this. It is against great opponents that we see great players. We always try to be ready, with a clear idea. The teacher will prepare us well so that we can develop because the time has come. It's time for the team to develop and gain even more self-confidence, more body, because we know that the decisive moments of the Champions League fall after the turn of the year. From now on, we need to prepare as best as possible so that we can stay healthy and go with this shell to face great opponents,” concluded the defender.

The draw for the Champions League round of 16 will take place next Monday at 8:00 a.m. (Brazilian time) in Nyon, Switzerland. Since PSG is in the second basket, PSG's potential rivals are: Bayern, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Real Sociedad, Atlético de Madrid, City and Barcelona.



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