PSG chief gives Emery full back­ing

New Straits Times - - Sport -

PARIS: Paris Saint-Ger­main pres­i­dent Nasser Al-Khe­laifi says coach Unai Emery’s job is “200 per cent” se­cure de­spite the loss of their Ligue 1 crown and fail­ure to make strides in Europe.

Al-Khe­laifi was speak­ing in the af­ter­math of PSG’s last gasp 1-0 win over Angers in the French Cup fi­nal on Satur­day.

Un­for­tu­nate Issa Cis­sokho headed ag­o­nis­ingly into his own net in stop­page time at the Stade de France to give PSG a third con­sec­u­tive French Cup win.

It joins the League Cup in the PSG tro­phy cab­i­net and pro­vides some more con­so­la­tion for the capital side after a sea­son that will be best re­mem­bered for their fail­ures else­where.

Emery’s side missed out on the league ti­tle to Monaco after win­ning Ligue 1 in each of the pre­vi­ous four cam­paigns and ex­ited the Cham­pi­ons League in hu­mil­i­at­ing fash­ion to Barcelona in the last 16.

That 6-1 de­feat at the Camp Nou – after they had won the first leg 4-0 at home – will be a last­ing stain on PSG’s rep­u­ta­tion and that of Emery.

But the Spa­niard was given full back­ing by his em­ployer, with AlKhe­laifi declar­ing: “I’ve al­ways said that (Emery) is stay­ing.

“He is re­main­ing 200 per cent for sure with us. We are happy with him, he is happy to be here.

“We are go­ing to work to­gether next sea­son.” AFP

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