Roy Keane has said that Paris Saint-Germain can consider themselves “unlucky” to have been knocked out of the Champions League by Real Madrid.
The Ligue 1 leaders needed a big performance on Tuesday to overturn a 3-1 first-leg deficit but never threatened to stretch the two-time defending champions and ultimately lost 2-1 at Parc des Princes.
While critics rounded on the lacklustre nature of PSG’s exit, Keane unexpectedly jumped to their defence.
“I think PSG have been a bit unlucky the last few years. I really do,” he told ITV. “They topped their group this year and who do they get? Real Madrid.
“They were unlucky in the first leg, they had a mad five minutes. Neymar’s missing, they have a man sent-off [in the second leg]. You need bits of luck in this competition. I wouldn’t be too critical of PSG.”
Keane, who won the Champions League in 1998-99 with Manchester United, also defended the measured approach of Emery’s side.
“This seems to be the new buzz word about having a go at teams. It’s very difficult to have a go when you’re up against real quality players and you can’t get the ball back. It’s Real Madrid, the champions of Europe – give them a break,” the former Manchester United man said.
PSG have exited the Champions League at the last-16 stage in each of the last two years, a statistic that is expected to cost head coach Unai Emery his job in the summer.