Beckham confident about PSG reaching semifinals despite 2-2 to Barca
David Beckham believes Paris Saint-Germain are capable of reaching the Champions League semifinals following a dramatic 2-2 draw against Barcelona at Parc de Princes. The English midfield maestro is confident about his team’s chances of progressing in the tournament.
Lionel Messi gave Barcelona the lead at halftime with a goal owing much credit to Dani Alves’ brilliant vision. Later, Zlatan Ibrahimovic took revenge upon his former club by scoring late in the second-half. Just a minute from injury-time, Barcelona were awarded a penalty kick which Xavi flawlessly converted into a goal. In the last minute of injury-time, Blaise Matuidi came to Paris Saint-Germain’s rescue with the final goal of the game.
Paris Saint-Germain might have grabbed a draw, but they are still two away goals down to Barcelona. In spite of this factor and the fact that the next game will be at Nou Camp, David Beckham remains upbeat about Paris Saint-Germain’s chances of progressing to the Champiosn League semifinals.
“In the first half, especially in the first 10 minutes, we had a few very good chances and if we'd have put one of those away it might have been different,” David Beckham told ITV1. “Then obviously they got their goal, then it was an uphill battle, but I think we deserved the draw tonight.
“It's better than it was at 2-1. We go there, it's going to be difficult but there's no reason we can't go there and get a result.”
Barcelona lost Lionel Messi to injury at half-time. The Argentinean goalscoring machine picked up a right hamstring injury. Barcelona’s medical staff has still not published any news on the time frame Lionel Messi will be out of action because of his injury.
“ I hope he's not injured, we all hope he's fit and ready to go for any game that's coming up. We wish him better,” David Beckham said.
David Beckham was exuberant to start for Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. The former Manchester United midfielder admitted he had missed the “big moment” feeling. David Beckham last featured in the competition during his stint at AC Milan.
“I was obviously very happy (to start),” David Beckham said. “The manager (Carlo Ancelotti) has always shown a lot of confidence in me, especially in big moments, and tonight was a big moment for the club and I was happy to start.
“I feel pretty much the same (as at Milan), it was only three years ago. I'm enjoying being part of these nights again, they're very special.”