Emery Reus Ref, Suarez and ‘Hidden’ PSG star as he reflects collapse

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Retrieved 02 May 2020, 17:42 IST

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Unai Emery during PSG’s famous defeat in Barcelona in 2017

Unai Emery missed referee Deniz Ittekin, Barcelona forward Luis Suarez and the on-named Paris Saint-Germain player as he reflected on the 2017-17 Champions League collapse at Camp Nou.

Emery’s coach PSG then went on to win 4-0 in the first leg of their last-16 tie, but on March 7, the day Emery remembered the worst of his career, Barca recorded an incredible second-leg comeback.

Despite leading 3-1 at night, Bar৮৮a are on the verge of extinction after 6 minutes with a total of 3 goals.

However, they managed to score three times in the dramatic final to seal the biggest comeback in the history of the Champions League, with future PSG star Neymar scoring twice for the hosts of Luis Enrique.

More than three years later, Emery was shocked to see Turkish officer Ayetkin perform, thinking of the devastating loss.

He also discussed his belief that Suarez could easily get down to the box and suggested that there was a PSG player who was “behind the scenes” as he explained other situations against his team.

Towards the EFE, Sevilla, in talks with his former assistant Diego Martinez, now coach Granada, said, “There are a lot of details in that game that can be verified.”

“But if I start from the end, I’ll change the referee and that’s it. I saw the repetition of the game the other day because I got it while jogging through the channels. From the 50th minute I watched the 82nd minute.

“We went down 3-0, we made it 3-1 and Edinson Cavani made it 3-2 to the goalkeeper; we had a clear penalty against Angel Di Maria that wasn’t paid; and in the 2nd minute, De Maria fouled Neymar for the goal.

“In that section of the game, I saw that one of our key players, who had injury problems this season, was hiding in the result. Maybe I would have given him a place now.

“They are the details, the situation that saves you in a game.

“Then there are some more important situations: Barcelona players, especially Suarez, consistently get into the box and put pressure on the referee until he falls into their trap.”

Barাa lost to finalist Juventus in the last eight.