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Galtier says PSG players are disappointed after the draw


Lionel Messi became the first player to score for 40 different teams in the Champions League with a superb strike in the 22nd minute, but Danilo Pereira’s own goal ensured the teams went into the break level.

Despite having the better chances in the second half, the French champions were unable to find a winner as they returned to Paris with just one point, although they still top Group H in terms of goals scored.

PSG have won just once in their last seven Champions League away matches and haven’t scored a goal in their last 11 games in the competition.

“There’s a feeling of disappointment among the players because they’ve put in a lot of effort,” Gaultier said. “We had chances in both periods, even if Benfica had some in the first period, and our goalkeeper was busy and effective. They were quite dangerous.

“We had good enough technique with a lot of people up front. We didn’t have many chances in the first half, although we scored a great goal.

“In the second half, we asked the guys for more mobility, more depth and more contribution from the wings. We had a good second half.”

PSG scored 15 shots to Benfica’s eight and made 700 passes, but for all their firepower, the team that visits the Parc des Princes next week was solid.

Messi looked a possible doubt for the second leg when he made way 10 minutes from time for Pablo Sarabia despite PSG chasing a winner, but Gaultier allayed any injury concerns.

“Having made a sprint, he [Messi] felt tired, – said Galtier. “He came out because he felt tired and his new teammate was much better at that point in the game.”

With the World Cup in Qatar kicking off in just over six weeks, European football’s biggest clubs face an even tighter schedule than usual.

Admitting that the season is unique, Gaultier warned that his players are paying the price for the congestion.

“It’s a very special season, there’s fatigue, there’s fragility,” he said. “Today we lost Nuna Mendes and we understand that there are many muscular incidents and injuries in this busy calendar.”


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