Neymar and Lionel Messi have apologized to the extreme PSG fans following their defeat in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16.
Bayern Munich dominated much of the game at Parc des Princes, and Kingsley Coman’s goal early in the second half settled the first leg of the last 16 ties. The result leaves Christophe Galtier’s team in a weaker position heading into the return leg next month.
Clearly, the Ligue 1 champions are experiencing a worrying decline in form recently. Since the start of the year, they have lost five matches across all competitions and are at risk of ending the season with yet another defeat on the European stage.
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PSG have suffered defeats in Ligue 1 to Lens, Rennes, and Monaco in the past six weeks, while they were knocked out of the Coupe de France by Marseille away from home last week. They also drew at home against Reims.
The poor results in recent times seem to have sparked a somewhat unpleasant atmosphere between the players and the club’s supporters, the fans who supported them wholeheartedly throughout the match against Bayern. This is despite the fact that the German club was superior to the opposition for the majority of the match.
Bayern Munich had the upper hand for the first 70 minutes of the match, but it was only Coman’s goal that demonstrated their superiority. The presence of Kylian Mbappe, who was expected to miss the game due to a recent muscle injury, helped turn the tide for PSG in the latter part of the game.
After the match, Messi and Neymar led a group of PSG players to stay on the pitch and go to the extreme supporters’ section of PSG to apologize for their poor performance and the team’s defeat, as well as to thank the fans for their support throughout the game.
PSG has never won the Champions League in the club’s history, with their last defeat coming in the 2020 final against Bayern Munich – when their former youth academy graduate Coman scored against his old team once again.
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