Parisian supporters celebrated the qualifying for the final on the Champs - Michel Euler / AP / SIPA
From our special correspondent in Lisbon,
“Do it for the supporters! Those who have played Football Manager at least once in their life know that this phrase can win games. It is not known if Thomas Tuchel used it for his pre-match talk against RB Leipzig in the Champions League semi-final (3-0), but all of PSG, from staff to managers, are is determined to dedicate the qualifier in the final to the absent supporters of a desperately empty Estadio da Luz, Covid obliges. Selected extracts.
Nasser Al-Khelaïfi: “A message for supporters? For me, the supporters are very important to the club. They are not there with us but they follow us, I know that. Victory is for them too. They have been waiting for this historic evening for a long time. We are close to our dream today. "
Thomas Tuchel: “Normally, the supporters should be here. We do it all together. We play for them, for the spectators. We can feel that they are with us, that they trust us. I hope they feel that this team is a real team. "
Thiago Silva: “Thank you all for the support. The supporters are very important to us, they are not there but we can feel their positive vibes. Historic moment for the club, I hope that Sunday evening and Monday we can celebrate together. Celebrate well in Paris, but quiet, I hope Sunday will be great. "
Party (and cluster) in Paris
How to tell Thiago Silva that the watchword was not really respected. At the final whistle, Parisian supporters gathered on the Champs-Elysées and the Parc des Princes to crack smoke and firecrackers and offering scenes reminiscent of the very first closed-door match of the Parisian epic against Borussia Dortmund , in March. In the most total disrespect of barrier gestures, otherwise it would not be funny. "It's only frustration to be there and not there (in Lisbon), but here we are, in a few minutes we meet together, it's that love, it feels good", s' ignites a supporter, Jérémy Moreau.
PSG supporters gathered en masse at the Parc des Princes to celebrate the victory pic.twitter.com/OJWtxKG7cc- France Bleu Paris (@francebleuparis) August 18, 2020
Neymar blows the bluetooth speaker
In Lisbon, after watching the match in a bar that has become a place of pilgrimage for footballers, Parisian supporters returned en masse to the Parisian players' hotel where they had already gathered before the match at the end of the afternoon to give strength to their players before leaving for Luz. Parisian fans broke their vocal cords to blow up the decibels on the banks of the Tagus while waiting for the team to take over on their return to the Myriad hotel, to the sound of the famous speaker that keeps talking about Neymar.
🔊 Tem caixa de som e muita alegria no retorno ao hotel! 😁 pic.twitter.com/TOJ85igPlu- Paris Saint-Germain (@PSGbrasil) August 18, 2020
The supporters of Paris Saint-Germain are much more numerous than our first mop in front of the futuristic building. It is not an impression. Four of them told us that they sent their vacation to Croatia, where they were during the quarter against Atalanta, to experience this potentially historic moment. Something tells us that many vacationing supporters will emulate them this weekend.
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