PSG player reveals why they mocked Haaland’s celebration pose
Paris Saint-Germain defender Presnel Kimpembe has said that Dortmund’s players were not humble after their first-leg victory over the French champions at the Signal Iduna Park some weeks back, thereby motivating the Ligue 1 giants to turn the tie around at the Parc des Princes.
PSG progressed to the quarter-finals of the UCL with a 2 nil victory over Dortmund on Wednesday night, winning 3:2 on aggregate as the likes of Neymar and Juan Bernat found themselves on the scoresheet.
Neymar mimicked the celebration of Dortmund striker Erling Haaland after scoring for PSG on the night as the players were seemingly unhappy with the picture the Norwegian uploaded to Snapchat before the game in which he described Paris as ‘my city’. Haaland wrote: Paris is ‘my city, not yours’ in response to a PSG fan
The entire squad mocked Haaland’s celebration pose on the pitch and in the dressing room. Meanwhile, speaking to RMC Sport after the match, Kimpembe said:
‘They are great players but now I will say they lost their humility. ‘Because after their victory at home [in the first leg] they put out a lot of tweets, a lot of Instagrams, a lot of words, a lot of this and that.
‘Whether it’s their sporting director, the players, the club’s official Instagram account… that’s it.’
When asked whether that had provided extra motivation, Kimpembe continued: ‘We’ve all seen it. We kept it in a corner of our heads and I think it boosted us all.
‘It allowed us to have this little rage in a corner of our heads and [on Wednesday night] we took advantage of that.’
Neymar also uploaded a picture of his celebration and mimicked Haaland’s comment.