PARIS (Reuters) – Paris St Germain coach Thomas Tuchel said the team did not have to apologise to fans for their Champions League elimination by Manchester United.
“We don’t have to apologise, we are the most disappointed ones,” the German was quoted as saying on Monday.
“It was an accident. I know my team. If you lose a big game, and we lost one, you have to accept that everybody talks.”
The club’s hardcore ‘ultra’ group of fans did not support the team during the first 15 minutes of their Ligue 1 game against rivals Olympique de Marseille, their first home match since they were knocked out of the Champions League last 16.
Banners reading ‘We do not forget’ or ‘Respect the institution’ were unfolded before kickoff at Parc des Princes.
PSG beat OM 3-1, with fans then cracking fireworks and lighting flares to celebrate Angel Di Maria’s double and Kylian Mbappe’s first-half opener.
The capital side have already wrapped up the Ligue 1 title as they lead second-placed Lille, who have played one more game, by 20 points.
(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Christian Radnedge)