PSG’s Gianluigi Donnarumma on Coupe de France loss to Marseille: “It was very difficult.”

PSG lost away at Marseille’s Vélodrome for the first time since 2011, on Wednesday night. Les Parisiens crashed out of the Coupe de France last 16 against the Igor Tudor-led side, who were deserving winners. Goals from Alexis Sanchez and Ruslan Malinovskyi allowed Marseille to book their place in the quarter-finals and to pile even more pressure on PSG head coach Christophe Galtier. Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma (23) shared to L’Equipe his disappointment and his anger “because we cared about this competition.”

The European champion was one of the best-performing PSG players at the Vélodrome, and was not at fault for Marseille’s goals. Donnarumma stated he and his teammates knew that Marseille would bring constant intensity, incessant pressing and individual marking. “It was very difficult. We experienced difficulties and we struggled to keep hold of the ball“, lamented Donnarumma.

A Marseille clash at Vélodrome was the first test for PSG in a season-defining month and Les Parisiens failed. They will now face a resurgent Monaco side on Saturday and Bayern Munich on Tuesday for the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie. “Every game tells its own story“, eludes Donnarumma. “We know we will prepare extensively for the Champions League. We’ll give our all to qualify.

GFFN | Bastien Cheval

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