Paris Saint-Germain came extremely close at winning its first-ever UEFA Champions League title this past season but in the end, the club watched FC Bayern Munich hoist up the trophy. Still, PSG’s run was historic as it pulled off multiple comeback wins in the knockout stage en route to reaching the final.
For PSG defender Thilo Kehrer, it was a run to remember. He started in four knockout stage fixtures over the tournament and had some promising sequences in key moments for the club. But in the end, his side came up short. In an interview with the German-based outlet Sport Buzzer, Kehrer looked back at the Champions League final contest and also provided his reasons as to why Bayern pulled through.
“Of course I was very disappointed right after the final and in the days that followed, we gave everything and tried,” Kehrer said. “Bayern had more possession, more control of the game, more chances – we might have a tad better chance, but that’s history.”
Kehrer does not look back at the final with much regret. He has now moved on from the loss but is still pleased with even reaching the biggest fixture in club football today.
“I wasn’t mad,” Kehrer said. “In the final, only one team wins, the other team loses. It’s part of the sport. As huge as the disappointment is, at some point you have to switch. After a few days, the recognition that you get outweighs. Even if you’ve lost, reaching a Champions League final isn’t just a bad feeling.”
For now, Kehrer is on international duty with the German national team. He could see some playing time in UEFA Nations League fixtures.
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