Unai Emery 'believes' in PSG, acknowledges changes may be made

Unai Emery 'believes' in PSG, acknowledges changes may be made
From ESPN - March 9, 2018

PARIS -- Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery has cast doubt on his future after Tuesday's Champions League round-of-16 exit at the hands of Real Madrid by saying that those involved with the club "might change, but the project will stay the same."

PSG lost 3-1 away at Madrid and 2-1 at the Parc des Princes, completing a 5-2 aggregate defeat that means that they are now only fighting for Ligue 1, the Coupe de la Ligue and the Coupe de France.

Emery's contract is up at the end of the season, and sources told ESPN FC this week that PSG are already looking at replacing him, but the coach said he was focused on Saturday's game against Metz.

"After this elimination, criticism is to be expected," Emery said at a news conference on Friday. "The most important thing is the internal analysis -- what must be changed in order to progress.

"I am thinking collectively, about the club. My future is the next match, so this weekend. We still have other objectives, which we need to prepare well for. I am not worried about my future. I am thinking only about the team -- how can we perform better and be better prepared in the future?

"The PSG project, I believe in it. However, the people involved with this project might change, even if the project itself does not change. Today, I am going about my work as if I will stay here for the rest of my life."

Julian Draxler was critical of Emery after the defeat on Tuesday, admitting that he was "surprised and a bit sour" to have been an overlooked substitute for so long before Emery sent him on towards the end.

Emery revealed that Draxler has spoken with sporting director Antero Henrique and team coordinator Maxwell and stated his belief that the Germany international was "misinterpreted" in the heat of the moment.

"I spoke with the squad on Thursday," Emery said. "Antero and Maxwell spoke with the players, particularly with Julian.


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