PSG's Al-Khelaifi pleased with Ligue 1 title, but 'big goal' is Champions League

PSG's Al-Khelaifi pleased with Ligue 1 title, but 'big goal' is Champions League
From ESPN - April 15, 2018

PARIS -- In the wake of his latest Ligue 1 title, Paris Saint-Germain chairman and CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi has made clear the Champions League is still his side's ultimate goal, while also strongly suggesting that coach Unai Emery could be replaced when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Speaking after PSG clinched a seventh Ligue 1 title with a 7-1 thrashing of second-placed Monaco at Parc des Princes, the Qatari denied having Thomas Tuchel lined up as the Spaniard's replacement.

"When we have signed a contract with somebody, we will make an announcement," said Al-Khelaifi to Canal+. "For the moment, nothing has been done -- nothing has been signed.

"Currently, we have a coach. We won 7-1 with him and he has a contract until the end of the season.

"We have done a lot of positive things this season. We are champion for the seventh time, the fifth for me. It's really something beautiful, thank you to everyone. Of course, everyone knows, our big goal is the Champions League. But today we are very proud and happy with this title."

Emery was happy with PSG's win over Monaco and the title success, which is his first league crown as a coach, but hinted that there is no guarantee that he will remain in charge of the squad past the end of the season.

"Moving forward, the club's logo and supporters will remain," Emery said. "Everybody else is just passing through. For me, I am happy with my personal project.

"Away at Saint-Etienne last week, it was our worst first half of the campaign. Then, at 10 against 11, we responded. That is the sign of great collective strength. That is why I believe in this team -- with or without me."

PSG defender Marquinhos praised Emery for his work with the group this season and the Brazil international revealed his delight at his fourth Ligue 1 title.

"The coach got us to work, gave us a good philosophy and style of play, making us more attacking -- it has been a good season," said Marquinhos. "A title is always a beautiful thing, it is part of the story. When our careers are over, these are the things that we will remember."


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