Thomas Tuchel: 'Every reason to be proud'
The Paris Saint-Germain coach said his team should hold their heads high despite defeat to Bayern Munich in Sunday's UEFA Champions League final.
Thomas Tuchel, Paris Saint-Germain coach
"Never forget about luck in football...I honestly think that if we had scored the first goal, we would have won the game. We have to accept it. It's not easy, but we can be proud, because we battled well against one of the best teams in the world. We gave everything. We left our hearts on the pitch. We did what we had to to win, and in the end we lacked a clinical streak. Manuel Neuer was incredible. We might have had more of the ball, but you can't always ask for more, we also have to have the confidence to have the ball. In spite of that, we had some big chances in the first half. I feel empty, I've also given my all. Right now, I'm disappointed, but not too much, because after four trophies and this final, this run in the Champions League, we have every reason to be proud."
Thiago Silva, Paris Saint-Germain defender
"In a final with a lot of quality on both sides, it's always the small details that make the difference. We've not finished this competition in the way we'd hoped, they were more clinical in front of goal than us, but I'm proud of our team. I think we've really taken a step forward. To win major trophies, you have to go through this. I remember Liverpool lost a final before winning it the next year. We have to think positively. I won't be here any more, but I'll be an extra supporter. I'll be behind Marqui, Presko and all the team. I'm happy for all the great times I've had here."
Marquinhos, Paris Saint-Germain defender
"It was a final, and finals are always decided on small details. They played to their strengths, us too. We played against a very high-level team, very experienced in this competition. We had chances to kill the game. They had chances too, and they were able to score a goal that totally changed the match for them. I'm proud of our run, but disappointed with the match, the result. We also have to take the positives from it. We're a young team in this competition. We're going to find our path to reach the very highest level. There's a lot of unity, of complicity, we've played some real quality football. We mustn't stop, we must stay focussed on our next objectives, to battle to play in a Champions League final again as soon as possible and win it."
Ander Herrera, Paris Saint-Germain midfielder
"I think we created the most clear-cut chances of the game. I'm proud of all my teammates. We just didn't score. In a Champions League final, if you don't score, the other team will have chances and can score. But we can be proud of what we've done. We've built a very strong, very compact squad that has a lot of quality but also a lot of humility. We have to continue like this for our fans, who deserve it. It's difficult to talk right now, because I know this game was very important for our supporters. We did our best to win it. We're going to battle to get back here, to play finals and win trophies. I'm sure we'll return."