Embattled Unai Emery still believes in PSG blueprint

Erica Murray
March 11, 2018

Following their midweek European exit, PSG are reportedly considering potential replacements for Emery with Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone and Chelsea's Antonio Conte said to be in the frame.

Between 2013-16, PSG were solid quarterfinalists - not a bad start when you consider that their 2012-13 foray into Europe was their first at the top table for almost 10 years - but since their elimination to the pre-Pep Guardiola-era Manchester City, Les Parisiens have been taking steps backwards on the pitch, despite creating the illusion that they are moving forward off it.

He oversaw a resounding 5-0 win over Metz on Saturday to restore their lead at the Ligue 1 summit to 14 points, but the result has done little to dampen unrest amongst the club's supporters, who believe that the Spaniard is not the man to guide them to European success.

The former Sevilla coach, however, is not getting anxious about the possibility of being fired by PSG at the end of the campaign.

"We have talked about things yesterday, okay so we are finished in the Champions League, but we must continue our way in the other competitions, " Emery said at a press conference".

"I think of the collective, the club".

"The most important thing is the analysis which can be done and what we can improve". I am thinking only about the team - how can we perform better and be better prepared in the future? "The people within that project could change, but the project itself is sound".

The project is that of PSG, I believe in this project.

He said: "My desire, my enthusiasm, is football, I am very motivated for the game tomorrow".

Despite a huge outlay on players since Qatar Sports Investments took over in 2011, while winning four domestic league titles PSG have failed to get past the quarter-final stage of the Champions League.

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