Unai Emery not worried about his Paris Saint-Germain future
Paris Saint-Germain manager Unai Emery is not worried about his future, despite Les Parisiens' 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 first-leg. The French outfit went head-to-head with the European champions for most of the game, but their workrate dropped in the dying stages which enabled Los Blancos to capitalise.
Speaking in his weekly press conference, Emery stressed that the Champions League defeat won't have any implication on his future at Parc des Princes, and he remains convinced that the club can overturn the deficit in the home leg next month.
He said: "My future is the present. Getting ready for tomorrow's game and getting ready for Real. I won't waste my energy (talking about my future). I remain convinced that PSG can qualify. I believe the team had a good game against the best team in the world. I am convinced we can win and get through to the next round."
Meanwhile, the former Sevilla boss was quizzed about his decision to bench Edinson Cavani midway through the second period vs Madrid, to which he replied: "Taking off Cavani was a tactical choice I made during the game. For me (Neymar) had a great game, made some very good moves. It comes down to details. At home he will show how good he is."
Emery's position came under question in the backend of last season after Les Parisiens suffered an embarrassing 6-5 aggregate defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League round of 16 despite being 4-0 ahead in the first-leg. This was followed by their failure to retain their Ligue 1 crown ahead of AS Monaco, but he nevertheless got a vote of confidence from the hierarchy.
Since then, the French outfit have spend a record £198m in order to lure Neymar from Barcelona, and winning the Champions League is likely to be mandatory this term, considering Kylian Mbappe will have his move turned permanent for a staggering £164m next summer.