PSG coach Unai Emery under pressure

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Paris Saint Germain coach Unai Emery was the butt of jokes and pillory after his club loss 1-3 to hosts Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.

His managerial competence and tactics were questioned by many Twitter users for leaving in Paris the club’s captain Thiago Silva, preferring to use instead 22-year-old Presnel Kimpembe in the centre of the PSG defence.

Then in the 66th minute of the game, he pulled out Cavani when the match was in balance and introduced a defender Thomas Meunier. Twenty minutes after, Madrid was up 3-1.

In contrast, Real Madrid’s coach, Zinedine Zidane brought in attacker Gareth Bale in the 68th minute, after removing Frenchman Karim Benzema. Ten minutes, he substituted Casemiro with Lucas Vazquez and Isco with Marco Asensio. Madrid scored two goals in the 83rd and 86th minute to gain an advantage in the second leg in Paris, in two week time.

 

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