The pages of L'Equipe in the days after Paris Saint-Germain's humiliating 6-1 defeat against Barcelona have not been kind to Unai Emery, who have been the chief victim of all of the criticism angled at how the Ligue 1 giants completely fell apart at Camp Nou.
Throwing a 4-0 lead from the first leg away to be eliminated from the Champions League in the knock-out stages yet again, PSG have had to take a look hard look at themselves, which has seen the ex-Sevilla boss take his own share of the blame.
"Emery was too reserved after the triumph of the first leg," L'Equipe explained, levelling criticism at the fact that PSG gave their opponents far too much respect and allowed them back into the contest.
"Show how the first leg was not a surprise! We could go out against the best team in Europe," Emery explained to his team before the game had even kicked off.
"Listen to me! Although in my career I never played higher than in the second division, I have more experience than all of you, so you should listen to me," Emery told his players at half-time.
Sarkozy involved in Camp Nou incident
After Edinson Cavani gave Paris Saint-Germain an away goal, the entire Camp Nou felt as though any dreams of a comeback were killed off right at that instant, and former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was certainly amongst those who thought that.
The politician got into a confrontation with a segment of the Camp Nou fans from his box seat on Wednesday night.
According to Catalunya Radio, Sarkozy began yelling 'Hala Madrid' towards the stands after what he wrongly believed would be the decisive goal.
Escorted away from his seat temporarily, he ended up watching the rest of the match without any further escalations.
Milan livid after Juve win with stoppage time penalty
AC Milan came within seconds of ending Juventus' 17-month run of home league wins before a hugely controversial penalty gave the Serie A leaders a 2-1 win in a stormy match on Friday.
The penalty was awarded for handball by Mattia De Sciglio although Stephan Lichtsteiner's cross hit him at point-blank range and, in any case, appeared to strike his stomach rather than his hand.
After a long consultation between the referee and the goal-line assistant, and amid furious Milan protests, Paulo Dybala converted the spot kick in the seventh minute of stoppage time and give Juventus their 31st home league win in a row.
The win left Juventus 11 points clear of second-placed AS Roma who visit Palermo on Sunday. Milan, whose more modest aim is to qualify for the Europa League, are seventh.
Defender Mehdi Benatia gave Juventus the lead on the half hour from close range but Carlos Bacca levelled two minutes before halftime when he prodded the ball past Gianluigi Buffon from Gerard Delofeu's pass.
Juventus dominated the second half but could not seem to find a way past Gianluigi Donnarumma.
The 18-year-old Milan goalkeeper produced a superb double save when he parried Sami Khedira's shot and then tipped Gonzalo Higuain's effort around the post from the rebound.
He made another outstanding save to block an Higuain shot in stoppage time but Juventus were awarded the penalty immediately afterwards.
Milan were down to 10 men by that time after Jose Sosa was sent off for a vicious sliding tackle.
Keylor Navas: I'm especially excited about LaLiga
Having never won the LaLiga title, Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas is looking forward to the challenge of competing for the domestic trophy and, hopefully, lifting it at the end of the season.
On Thursday, he participated in some sponsor-led activites and reviewed Real's situation in both the league and Champions League, but stopped short of mentioning a double.
"That term I prefer to use if we win the two titles," he said.
"Until then, I prefer not to talk about it."
Though both competitions are clearly different, Navas noted that Real's mentality was always the same.
"No, we always play to win, no matter what competition we are in," he continued.
"It makes me especially excited to win LaLiga because it's a title that I still do not have.
"Although things have been complicated in the last few weeks, we will fight for it until the end."
Through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, Navas said he didn't have a preference for who he would like in the draw.
"I don't care, because to win you must face the best," he concluded.
Sergi Roberto: The hero that couldn't hit a barn door
Sergi Roberto arrived in the right place at just the right time to make history for Barcelona on Wednesday night, half-way through the 95th minute, after Neymar clipped a ball over the Paris Saint-Germain defence to mark the hosts' last attack.
That goal was the sixth of the night and more importantly the one required to close a historic comeback for Luis Enrique's men, as Sergi Roberto scampered into the right position at the wrong side of Serge Aurier and into the clear.
Neymar's delivery was too high for Gerard Pique to reach, with Kevin Trapp unable to come out and claim it himself, leaving the ball to instead land on the right foot of Sergi Roberto.
The hero was not Lionel Messi. Nor Luis Suarez, nor Neymar. It wasn't even Gerard Pique, their assigned expert for attacking dead-ball deliveries, and the glory fell to Sergi Roberto who will never forget his 13th goal for the club.
"He couldn't hit a barn door," Luis Enrique joked, after his decision to inject the goalscorer into the game in the 76th minute in place of Rafinha, which proved to be a substitution with a surprising impact.
It hasn't been an easy season for Sergi Roberto, picked out as a weakness by opponents and then the target of criticism when things haven't then gone well. It isn't his natural position, and in many games he hasn't appeared to be comfortable, as his comfort zone is found in central midfield.
"I have dreamed of scoring goals like this and, above all, being a La Masia boy adds to it. You work for a long time to achieve great things for your club. It was incredible," the Spaniard explained post-match.
Sergi Roberto was born in Reus (Tarragona) on February 7 in 1992, a few months after the famous Ronald Koeman goal at Wembley. He arrived at Barcelona in 2006 for their Cadete B side, before being filtered into Barcelona B in 2009.
He made his official debut with the first team under Pep Guardiola on November 10 of 2010, during a Copa del Rey clash against AD Ceuta. Since then, he has played 141 games and scored just six times: none in LaLiga, three in the Copa and three in the Champions League.
One against BATE Borisov, one against Bayer Leverkusen... and the goal of his life against Paris Saint-Germain.
Mathieu responds to photo indecency
One of the greatest comebacks in football history will scarcely be tarnished by a photo of Jeremy Mathieu in one of Barcelona's celebratory photos taken after the Paris Saint-Germain victory, but nevertheless, the Frenchman has decided to explain his actions.
The photo shows a general air of jubilance in the Barcelona changing room, and Mathieu has suggested that the specific image was not intended for public use.
"Javier Mascherano was confused at the time of posting the photo and put the wrong one up," explains Mathieu.
"Mascherano committed an error and we have already spoken, I knew it could lead to a controversy and I just want to show all my respect to PSG and their fans."
Several Paris Saint-Germain players including Adrien Rabiot and Layzin Kurzawa teased with their own photos after the first-leg ended in Barcelona humiliation, with several images showing players signalling four fingers, and Mathieu believes their actions were unprofessional.
"They are young and maybe need to learn a bit of humility," said the 33-year-old.
"These gestures should not be made from professionals."
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