Leonardo (Paris Saint-Germain sporting director)

“Honestly, we are very disappointed. We knew right from the start we were playing against an excellent side in Barcelona. We are only at the start of our journey. Here at Paris Saint-Germain, everything is happening very quickly and we are trying to build something. Carlo Ancelotti is doing an incredible job, it’s incredible what we have achieved. I can’t remember the last time I saw a side cause Barcelona as many problems as we did tonight. Apart from the very start of the match, we totally controlled the debate. We only lacked that second goal to get us through.”

Carlo Ancelotti (Paris Saint-Germain coach)
“I think we played a great game tonight. The key was to come here and play football. We got the ball forward very quickly and didn’t only defend. We created a lot of problems for Barca. Messi certainly gave his side a confidence boost because even at under 100 per cent, he is still a fantastic player. We could have scored in the first half and we just lacked that little bit of luck to put the ball away and give us a chance. For a first season back in the Champions League it is very positive. We will come back stronger than ever next season.”

Salvatore Sirigu (Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper)
“We played really well this evening. We gave it everything in attack and in defence and were very aggressive. After the draw in the first game we knew that we had to score goals and win tonight. We are very proud of what we have done, even if we are also disappointed. We saw that it was possible. We accept the final result. This has been a very positive experience and will serve us well for next season.”

Christophe Jallet (Paris Saint-Germain defender)
“Wegaveitabsolutelyeverythingtonight,withrealdesire.Weweren’tafraidofthisteam and we imposed our style on them. We held onto the ball and caused them problems from the outset. We could feel they were fragile and we were able to open the scoring. Even though they equalised, we are proud of how we played. We have emerged with our reputations intact from this tie. We are experiencing something extraordinary. The squad’s spirit and discipline was incredible. We are upset we haven’t qualified, but happy to have matched it with one of the best teams on the continent.”