Pochettino and Marquinhos Criticize Home Fans Lack of Support in Classique Match

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“Fans are disappointed with PSG’s exit from the Champions League”

1NEWS – Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino and centre-back Marquinhos have criticized the home fans at the Parc des Princes for their lack of support in Monday’s 2-1 Classique win against Marseille.

All three goals came in a first half with Neymar breaking the deadlock in the 12th minute, before Duje Caleta-Car equalized when he forced a corner from Dimitri Payet almost 20 minutes later.

Just before halftime, PSG were awarded a dubious penalty after Neymar’s ball was deflected into the elbow of the Marseille defender, with a VAR check finally giving Kylian Mbappe a penalty which was well executed and put PSG 2-1 ahead of Marseille.

The second half was largely controlled by Marseille, with more than 60 per cent possession, and they had equalized in the 85th minute when William Saliba ended Payet’s free-kick but VAR ruled it out for offside.

With the win, PSG are now 15 points clear of second-placed Marseille with six games to go, but Pochettino said the support from the crowd didn’t feel like they were a team advancing to the league title.

“We are still waiting for the fans to expend energy to support us,” he said.

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“They showed their disappointment and as I always say, there is freedom of expression, it’s their way of expressing themselves, and we have to respect that. But we want to always have the support of the fans.”

“Winning the 10th title in the club’s history is no small matter, and we want to enjoy the experience with them.”

It is rumored that the club’s main support group, Virage Auteuil, continue to protest the lack of change in the boardroom and management level following PSG’s disappointing Champions League exit against Real Madrid, but Marquinhos says it still surprises him.

“I didn’t expect it. It’s not the right time to do that,” he said.

“I understand if they haven’t got a response, but they should put their pride aside. As a player, I don’t agree with that.”

(wigih pambudi/wp)

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