Marco Verratti: “We are going to try again, we are going to try again until we die.”
Marco Verratti spoke to RMC Sport about his feelings following Manchester City's elimination from the Champions League semi-finals.
“Of course, we were one step away from the final, so of course there is a disappointment. Disappointment because we believed, up until the red card, that we were in the match, I believe that we had a lot of chances, we played much better than them.
We conceded a goal with their first chance, a bit like in the 1st leg. That makes the difference when you play against a great team. We are proud to have fought until the end, to have looked them dead in the eyes, and to have tried everything.
In football, it is like that. Over the last two years, we have reached the final point, we have done a good campaign. I do not have a lot else to say, we are sorry, but we are going to try again, we are going to try again until we die, each time that we are here, we are going to try again. In the end, we did not succeed.”
“It is difficult but this is football. We know how it goes, when we play against Bayern, City, it is difficult to be perfect for 90 minutes. When I came home after the 1st leg, I saw on the TV that we were “catastrophic,” that we did a “s***” second half."
"But sometimes, speaking on TV is very easy, when you play matches against great teams, it is impossible to spend 90 minutes attacking, 90 minutes without suffering. We have to accept that, sometimes it is not PSG who wins, but also the other teams."
Head referee Bjorn Kuipers was at the center of all the drama at some point. From kickoff, the tone seemed to have been set with tempers flaring, and in the 2nd half, they reached boiling point.
Di Maria & Veratti both claim to have been abused by the referee.
"Me too, he said to me f*** you twice. Me, I have never said f*** you because if I say f*** you I get banned for 10 matches. I speak a lot with the referee, but I have never allowed myself to say something like that."
Despite all that, Veratti seems to be looking back at the game with his glass half-full.
"The coach has just arrived only 5 months ago, he gave us great courage, we came here to play with the ball, that is the most important thing. We promise that each year we are going to try to get to the final and win this Champions League."