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Real Madrid showed PSG the difference between great players and champions — Mbappe

Real Madrid showed PSG the difference between great players and champions — Mbappe

"With Nabil Fekir out injured and Houssem Aouar falling ill at the last minute, I'm very proud of my players and I'd like to congratulate them for what they did this evening", said OL boss Bruno Genesio, who found out on Sunday that Fekir's injury will see him sidelined for a further three weeks - missing the match at home to CSKA Moscow next Thursday, as well as the crucial Week 30 clash away to Marseille. The white team defeated PSG 3-1 at Bernabeu stadium before they assured their qualification to the next round by defeating PSG again 2-1 in Parc des Princes stadium.

Kylian Mbappe earned PSG a 4-0 lead into the halftime on an assist from Marco Verratti, who already fed Nkunku for the team's second goal.

That was enough to lift Nantes up to fifth ahead of Montpellier and Rennes, who drew 1-1 with St Etienne.

Despite heavy investment over recent years - including the world-record €222milllion capture of Neymar - PSG have failed to make a significant impact in Europe, eliminated at the last-16 stage in the past two editions after four consecutive quarter-final appearances.

Nkunku then struck twice in nine minutes and Mbappe made it four before half-time, with Thiago heading in a late fifth to complete a resounding win that restored PSG's 14-point lead at the top.

It was the same score between Dijon and Amiens at the Stade Gaston Gerard.

There is little to no sense wielding the axe now with Emery soon out of contract.

"Mentally we wanted to face the game against Madrid as best as possible", he said after Saturday's 5-0 Ligue 1 win against Metz. "It is a dream come true for me to play for the same club as my father". "We have to pick up three points regardless of what the others do". "No one can say that we did not try".

On top of that, a number of players were guilty of displaying poor attitude in the second leg against Real, so there is less need to dismiss Emery as brutally as Blanc was back in 2016.

Another domestic clean sweep and the introduction of a couple of talented youngsters will almost certainly not save Emery, nor redeem his two Champions League failures in the eyes of the fans, but it should see him granted a civil exit at the end of his deal.