Friday 21 July 2017

'I'm still in shock' - Roy Keane's typically feisty take on Barcelona's amazing comeback win

Barcelona's Luis Suarez, left, holds a lemon as he celebrates with his teammate Lionel Messi
Barcelona's Luis Suarez, left, holds a lemon as he celebrates with his teammate Lionel Messi
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Roy Keane admitted he was in shock after watching Barcelona’s sensational comeback win against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, as he suggested the 6-5 aggregate triumph confirmed that football was ‘the best game on the planet’.

Barcelona came from 4-0 down in the first leg to secure a famous victory, with Keane summing up the mood of all onlookers as he suggested Luis Enrique’s men deserved all the glory after their historic triumph.

“I’m still in shock, especially against a good team,” Keane told ITV Sport, as he sat alongside his former idol Glenn Hoddle to offer a summary on one of the greatest victories of all-time.

“PSG are no mugs. I know they have given away some daft goals and there were some dodgy decisions, but for Barcelona to score six goals was amazing.

“It was fantastic watch. We have played at a decent level. Glenn probably at a better level than me, but that makes you appreciate and love the game so much.

“Football is the best game on the planet by far and games like that confirm as much.”

Predictably, Keane was highly critical of PSG’s performance and in particular the second half miss served up by their winger Angel Di Maria, as he had a chance to finish off Barcelona.

“Their heads went and they were just hanging on at the end,” he stated. “PSG will never forgive themselves for that.

“They had chances themselves to finish them off. Di Maria, that was the moment. I didn’t fancy him, he didn’t get his stride right and he that would have finished it.

“They would have said, if we score one goal tonight we will go through. We all felt Barcelona would have scored three or four, but no way would they get six.”

Despite Keane’s euphoric reaction to Barcelona’s win, the Ireland assistant manager insisted that he would still not have been tempted to take part in a dressing room selfie if he was on the winning team.

Keane has been hugely critical of players posting photographs on social media after mundane wins and he would not even change that view after a win of the magnitude Barcelona engineered against the French champions.

“Selfies in the dressing room....” he pondered. “I still wouldn’t agree with that.”

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