Ander Herrera urged Paris Saint-Germain to "start again" after falling to Bayern Munich in the Champions League final on Sunday.

PSG were unable to claim a maiden Champions League title as Kingsley Coman's second-half goal proved to be enough for a 1-0 Bayern victory in Lisbon.

Thomas Tuchel's men won four trophies in 2019-20, including Ligue 1, Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue, as well as reaching the club's first Champions League final.

Herrera said the loss to Bayern was hard to accept, but he called for PSG to move forward.

"Right now it's difficult to sleep, it's difficult to speak, it's difficult to explain," the PSG midfielder said, via UEFA.com.

"But, from tomorrow, at least myself, and I'm sure my team-mates as well, we're going to start again.

"We've built something very, very important for the club."

While PSG had their chances, Coman's header in the 59th minute was enough to secure Bayern their sixth European Cup/Champions League title.

Herrera lamented PSG's missed opportunities, saying: "They were more clinical than us.

"When you play another top team in Europe, if you don't score, they will."

PSG are due to begin their 2020-21 Ligue 1 season against Lens on Saturday.

Ander Herrera is confident Sergio Rico can adequately fill in for injured goalkeeper Keylor Navas in Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League semi-final clash with RB Leipzig.

Navas has started 34 games in all competitions this season, including eight in the Champions League, but he has been ruled out of the Leipzig tie with a hamstring injury.

He pulled up late on in Wednesday's remarkable 2-1 comeback win over Atalanta and was replaced by back-up keeper Rico, who is now set to start in Lisbon on Tuesday. 

That was on-loan stopper Rico's ninth appearance of the season and Herrera has backed the Costa Rica international – a two-time Europa League winner with Sevilla – to step up.

"We have three fantastic goalkeepers. Sergio Rico has already won several Europa League titles. He has already shown that he is ready to help this Tuesday," he said.

Herrera started the Atalanta match but was taken off before his side staged a dramatic fightback, the Ligue 1 giants scoring twice in the space of 149 seconds to stay on course for a quadruple.

Head coach Thomas Tuchel praised Herrera's leadership qualities on the eve of the Leipzig clash, but the Spaniard insisted he has not thought about taking on the captain's armband once Thiago Silva moves on later this month.

"Since I arrived in Paris the captain is Thiago Silva so I haven't thought about this question," Herrera, who joined from Manchester United last year, said. "For me the captain is not only the one who wears the armband. 

"We have a lot of captains by their actions. Marquinhos is a natural leader. He does not speak much but in training and on the pitch, he is a leader. 

"Neymar is another leader. When you are a player who asks a lot for the ball while the team has a lot of pressure on the pitch, that's a leader. 

"Keylor Navas has won a lot in his career and always tries to create a compact group. 

"Thiago Silva is a fantastic leader and captain but all the groups which know the success, it is not possible with only one leader. We have many leaders with the word but also with the action."

PSG have never reached the final of the Champions League and Herrera does not believe the Ligue 1 winners are under more pressure than Leipzig, who have already knocked out Tottenham and Atletico Madrid.

"Domestically we have won four titles," he said. "Winning the Champions League is a dream but we cannot speak of an obligation to win.

"Every year there are a dozen teams that do not win. It is a dream but not a pressure."

Ander Herrera insists "it wouldn't be a failure" if Paris Saint-Germain did not lift the Champions League this season. 

PSG swept the board domestically and are into the last four of Europe's premier competition for the first time since the 1994-95 season. 

The Champions League remains the ultimate goal for the Ligue 1 heavyweights and their owners, Qatar Sports Investments. 

It needed a dramatic late comeback against Atalanta, as goals from Marquinhos and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting secured a 2-1 win, to progress. They will next meet RB Leipzig in Lisbon on Tuesday. 

Most pundits make PSG favourites to reach the final, but Herrera says his club have already had a successful campaign. 

"If we didn't win the Champions League, it wouldn't be a failure. It would be a failure for 10 teams then," he told a news conference.  

"We have already done a fantastic job at national level with four titles won this season. But it is true that Leipzig, or Lyon for example, perhaps didn't expect to be here.  

"We have the quality and the ability to win the semi-final, but we have to know they will play free, without the pressure of winning the game."

Herrera believes Leipzig head into the contest without the same pressure as their opponents, a fact he says makes the Bundesliga side dangerous. 

"They are a very offensive and very courageous team. They don't have the pressure of having to win the Champions League or play the final. It may be more dangerous for us," he added.  

"They have a diagram with the ball, and another without. We will have to prepare well for this match because they will play more liberally, with less pressure.  

"The fact that they are offensive can be a good thing for us because our attackers can build up speed, but we will also have to defend well, because they can create a lot of chances." 

On Friday, Bayern Munich humiliated Barcelona 8-2 in their quarter-final tie to lay down a marker to the remaining hopefuls in a tournament that is being completed in Portugal due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Herrera was impressed by what he saw but said PSG cannot contemplate anyone else but Leipzig. 

"We were all impressed with the result. It’s the first time in history that something like this has happened in the quarter-finals, but we prefer to be aware of Leipzig," he said.  

"Our goal is Leipzig. The most important thing is to prepare this game against a team that played fantastically against Atletico Madrid.  

"We saw a team with a lot of confidence. Leipzig impressed me too. We have to be very respectful of this team and prepare the match in the best possible way." 

Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, who came off the bench having recovered from a serious ankle sprain, impressed in the comeback against Atalanta, while Angel Di Maria is back from suspension. 

Herrera says PSG's variety of options can play into their favour. 

"This season, we have played in several systems, with three central defenders, in 4-4-2 or in 4-3-3 as well. We have a lot of good players and possibilities," he said.  

"It's not just Di Maria. Mbappe seems ready to help, Neymar too, Pablo Sarabia is reliable. He gives assists, he scores goals.  

"We are very respectful towards Leipzig, but we are confident because we have a lot of players who can play and change the course of a game."

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Ander Herrera lauded the impact and fighting spirit of Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting after the forward emerged as the unlikely hero in a stunning Champions League victory over Atalanta.

PSG reached the semi-finals of Europe's premier club competition for the first time since 1995 following Wednesday's remarkable 2-1 win against Atalanta in Lisbon.

Trailing to Mario Pasalic's first-half strike, PSG star Marquinhos equalised in the 90th minute before substitute Choupo-Moting broke Atalanta's hearts in the third minute of stoppage time midweek.

Herrera hailed Choupo-Moting, who surprisingly joined PSG from relegated Premier League side Stoke City in 2018.

"Everyone is very important here," Herrera told RMC Sport. "I want to speak about Choupo because he is at the end of his contract, he is fighting to help, he is training as if every day was the last day of his life.

"That is the atmosphere that we have in the team. I played today but if I don’t play in the next match, I will be ready to help. It is the atmosphere between us."

Herrera said: "This is a team! It is important, whoever plays, everyone is ready to help. Choupo played 10 incredible minutes, [Julian] Draxler, Leo [Paredes], everyone. That is why we are here.

"We have already won four titles and you cannot win four titles if you are not a team. We are very happy, very satisfied, because we have done what we needed to do. We are in the semi-finals."

Standing in the way of Ligue 1 holders PSG and a Champions League final are either Atletico Madrid or RB Leipzig.

Ander Herrera remains hopeful Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Kylian Mbappe will be back in time for the return of the Champions League.

Mbappe suffered an ankle injury during the Coupe de France final against Saint-Etienne on July 24, with the club revealing the "serious" sprain would likely keep the 21-year-old out for three weeks.

The France international watched on as PSG completed a domestic clean sweep on Friday, securing victory in the last ever Coupe de la Ligue final via a penalty shoot-out against Lyon.

Thomas Tuchel had said on the eve of the match that Mbappe requires a "miracle" to be ready for the quarter-final tie with Atalanta, which takes place in Lisbon on August 12.

Herrera, however, is more upbeat over the forward's chances, though is confident the squad can still prosper without him.

"We are optimistic with Kylian. We have seen that he can walk quietly," the former Manchester United midfielder said after the game with Lyon.

"He's very professional, he's young. He really wants to play and we can be very calm. He works every day, morning and afternoon. But if it's not possible for him to play, we also have other solutions.

"Kylian is very important and I'm sure he will try to play."

PSG are next in action on Wednesday, taking on Sochaux in a friendly prior to resuming their European campaign.

All ties from the last eight onwards will be staged over one leg, with the Ligue 1 champions knowing a win over Atalanta will see them face either Atletico Madrid or RB Leipzig in the semi-finals.

"It's a fantastic week for us," Herrera said after completing a dominant domestic campaign. "We won two titles and we are very, very happy.

"A lot of players have played and participated in this success - I can say that we are ready for the Champions League now."

Ander Herrera says Jose Mourinho is the world's best manager when the going is good, but he does not take losing well.

The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder reflected on playing under Tottenham boss Mourinho at Manchester United and has largely fond memories of the manager's two-and-a-half-year tenure.

"Mourinho is the best manager in the world when things go well,” Herrera said to The Athletic. 

"The relationship with the players, the way he treats everyone; I really liked his training sessions. Also, with [assistant] Rui Faria, they were a fantastic team together. 

"But it is also true, when he loses, he does not take it in a good way. That is true. And he accepts that! He does not hide from it. 

"We have a great relationship. The first year was fantastic, we won three titles.

"The second year, we won 84 points in the Premier League and came second. We lost the FA Cup final but we played much better than Chelsea [that day], if you remember that game.

"It is true the last six months was a bit different because he had some disagreements with the club.

"When you see your manager has some confrontations with the club, you do not perform the same way. Everything affects the training session, everything affects the daily work."

Herrera previously discussed his decision to leave United and has now elaborated on the subject, wishing the Premier League side had offered him a new contract sooner.

"It was not about money and it was not about the duration of the contract offer," Herrera said of his decision to join PSG last year on a five-year deal.

"In my opinion, I waited too long [for an offer from United] and deserved more attention from the club. I gave everything. I never complained. I never went to the media to complain about anything.

"I never put a bad face to any manager, to any member of the board, and they waited until I had five or six months left on my contract – that's why I had some disagreements with them. 

"I thought they were going to come two years before my contract finished, like most other clubs do.

"I expected them to come to sign a new contract after my club Player of the Year award in 2017. I just felt sad."

But Herrera still remembers United fondly, adding: "This is only professional and I have no personal problem with them. 

"Even if I see [United CEO] Ed Woodward tomorrow, I'll give him a hug because it is life. I had a great relationship with him.

"He is a very good man but we had some disagreements with our point of views about the team and about the club. That's it.

"Every time I wore the United shirt, I was so proud. In spite of what I told you before, I don't have one bad word for the club. So thankful for the club and how I was treated for five years."

Ander Herrera believes Manchester United have three players who can be ranked alongside the world's best in Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.

While the debate around United is often based on who their next star signing will be, their former midfielder Herrera feels a trio already in the squad can lead them to Premier League glory.

He feels France star Pogba has the quality to be classed as the world's best midfielder, while forwards Rashford and Martial can also be considered among the top five or 10 players in the game.

"I give you my opinion: I don't know what other players say but he is a midfielder that has everything," Herrera said of Pogba in an interview with The Athletic.

"An NBA athlete with Brazilian feet and the combinations of a Spanish midfielder. He can combine really well – he can do one-two, very quick at high speed. He does have a good attitude.

"If you see other midfielders in the world, they may have some qualities control of the ball, long shots, passes, tackles, box-to-box.

"But Paul can do all of this, plus head the ball, score goals, make recoveries, one against one – everything. But of course, if you want to become the best midfielder in the world, it is about consistency. 

"You have to do it day in, day out. He is a good guy. He wants to do it. He does train well. He has to do it every day."

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Herrera, who left United in 2019, was similarly positive about his former team-mates Rashford and Martial.

"They have the quality to be among the top 10 in the world," he said of United's young forwards.

"Why do we admire Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, or [Eden] Hazard, who I also think is one of the best in the world? We admire them because they keep that form for a long time.

"If they do it, they will become, maybe not Messi or Cristiano – because they are unique in the history of football – but they can be top five or top 10.

"But they have to do it for a long time and keep it up. It is the same for Paul.

"Rashford is on his way to doing it and Paul can be the best midfielder in the world if he keeps playing those games where we are all amazed by him. 

"But to keep it at that level is the most difficult thing in football. To keep at it Sunday-Wednesday-Saturday, every time.

"If those three can do that, Manchester United will win the Premier League soon, for sure."

Ander Herrera insisted Kylian Mbappe and Neymar were "very happy" at Paris Saint-Germain and said the Ligue 1 giants were more likely to buy stars than sell them.

Mbappe and Neymar have been linked with moves away from PSG, with Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively reportedly interested in the forwards.

But Herrera said both forwards looked happy at PSG, who claimed a third straight Ligue 1 title when this season was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Asked who would be harder to retain if PSG had to sell one of the stars, the midfielder told AS: "I don't know, because I don't know what they earn or the income they generate for the club, which is still a company.

"But I do know that both are key in the project and I see them very happy and involved with PSG."

PSG landed Neymar for a world-record €222million from Barca in 2017, while Mbappe joined permanently from Monaco the following year for a reported €135m.

Herrera said the French giants were more accustomed to buying stars than selling them.

"You have to take into account a fundamental aspect, and I have discussed it with Kylian, that PSG is not a club that sells its stars, on the contrary, it buys them," he said.

"It has enough economic muscle to support both of them."

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Ander Herrera believes Ligue 1 chiefs were "too drastic" in bringing an early end to the season.

PSG were declared champions on April 30 after the remainder of the French top-flight campaign was called off due to the coronavirus pandemic, with most teams still having 10 games remaining.

However, the Bundesliga resumed earlier this month and plans are in place for LaLiga, Serie A and the Premier League to get back under way in June.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has been vocal in his opposition to voiding the season, with his side finishing seventh and missing out on a place in the Champions League.

Herrera is also unsure why the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) was so quick to cancel the rest of 2019-20 and admits to being "envious" of those still playing.

"In my opinion, France cancelled the league prematurely because it is showing that they can come back," Herrera told Marca. "You see your team-mates working and you are envious.

"Soccer without the fans loses a lot, but I also want to see the positive part because I am a soccer lover and we will be able to listen to the players, the coaches.

"The measures that France was taking as a country were not being so drastic as to suspend the league. My friends and family were confined in Spain and we could continue to leave.

"From my point of view, the decision was made prematurely, with the best intention but it is showing that the soccer of other countries is pulling forward."

Herrera joined PSG from Manchester United on a five-year deal last July and made 18 appearances in all competitions in his first campaign for the French giants.

Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are committed to Paris Saint-Germain as Ander Herrera poured cold water on transfer rumours.

PSG star Neymar has been linked with a return to LaLiga champions Barcelona, almost three years since his world-record €222million transfer.

Mbappe, meanwhile, is reportedly wanted by Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid, where Zinedine Zidane has made no secret of his admiration.

PSG team-mate Herrera, however, believes the pair are happy with the Ligue 1 holders in Paris.

"Mbappe and Neymar are still at PSG and even more so with the situation that we are currently in," Herrera told COPE.

"I had dinner with Neymar before the quarantine and he is very involved with the project. He told me that he has never been so happy in Paris.

"PSG's project is such that both feel fulfilled in Paris."

PSG were declared Ligue 1 champions after the 2019-20 season was cancelled last month due to the coronavirus pandemic in France.

Since swapping Barca for PSG in 2017, Neymar has won three successive Ligue 1 titles, to go with Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue and Trophee des Champions honours.

Mbappe, who initially joined PSG on loan from Monaco in 2017, has celebrated the same silverware as Neymar in the French capital.

Ander Herrera revealed his sadness at the way Paris Saint-Germain won Ligue 1 and admits he never planned to leave Manchester United.

Herrera said he had differences of opinion with the United board before walking out of Old Trafford to join French giants PSG as a free agent.

And while the streets of Paris are paved with gold for the modern player, given PSG's wealthy Qatari ownership, Herrera has been left deflated by how his first league season ended.

Like the Dutch Eredivisie, France's Ligue 1 was abandoned before crunch matters could be resolved on the pitch because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Runaway leaders PSG were declared champions, but it had a bittersweet taste for Spanish midfielder Herrera.

He yearned for the first championship of his career to be a jubilant moment to share with team-mates, in front of supporters.

"To be honest, I didn't celebrate it," Herrera told ESPN. "I love football but I love to play football and win trophies on the pitch."

The former Athletic Bilbao player added: "I hope we can fight for the cup titles that we still have to play on the pitch with fans in the stadium and let's see if we can also fight for the Champions League.

"To be honest, it's quite sad to win my first league title like this."

Herrera won the FA Cup, EFL Cup and Europa League with United, but a five-year stay in Manchester brought no Premier League trophy success.

He spoke of enjoying "a great relationship" with United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, but that was not enough to keep him in England.

Shortly after joining PSG, Herrera had explained there had been conflict between how he and United saw his future, prompting his decision to accept the offer from France.

Now, Herrera has indicated he was hoping to stay with the Red Devils.

"When I look back a year ago, my intention was not to leave Manchester United," Herrera said.

The 30-year-old said it was not unusual for a player's point of view to not match up to a club's vision.

"I disagreed with some of the decisions they made but this happens in football," he said. "It happens in every company."

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Ander Herrera hailed Neymar's "incredible" contribution to the Ligue 1 club.

PSG were top of Ligue 1 and into the Champions League quarter-finals – plus the Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue deciders – when the season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Herrera talked up Brazil international Neymar's efforts for PSG, particularly around the Champions League last-16 tie against Borussia Dortmund.

"We all went to his house to eat together... he was very focused. He took everyone with him," he told Canal+ on Tuesday.

"When I saw a few journalists say that Neymar was not thinking of PSG, I saw what he did during this period. It was incredible.

"Neymar gave a lot for the group during this period. A world-class player who gives that means that he thinks a lot about the group and the collective."

Herrera is hoping the season can get back underway, although France has been hit hard by coronavirus.

There have been almost two million confirmed cases and more than 126,000 deaths globally, with France seeing more than 15,700 casualties due to COVID-19.

"I really hope that we will resume. I am not an expert, but maybe with tests for the players, or only 50 people per team, or the matches behind closed doors," Herrera said.

"For me, football must continue, but the first thing is health. If there is no risk, I think that football is very important for everyone."

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Ander Herrera hailed Neymar's "incredible" contribution to the Ligue 1 club.

PSG were top of Ligue 1 and into the Champions League quarter-finals – plus the Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue deciders – when the season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Herrera talked up Brazil international Neymar's efforts for PSG, particularly around the Champions League last-16 tie against Borussia Dortmund.

"We all went to his house to eat together... he was very focused. He took everyone with him," he told Canal+ on Tuesday.

"When I saw a few journalists say that Neymar was not thinking of PSG, I saw what he did during this period. It was incredible.

"Neymar gave a lot for the group during this period. A world-class player who gives that means that he thinks a lot about the group and the collective."

Herrera is hoping the season can get back underway, although France has been hit hard by coronavirus.

There have been almost two million confirmed cases and more than 126,000 deaths globally, with France seeing more than 15,700 casualties due to COVID-19.

"I really hope that we will resume. I am not an expert, but maybe with tests for the players, or only 50 people per team, or the matches behind closed doors," Herrera said.

"For me, football must continue, but the first thing is health. If there is no risk, I think that football is very important for everyone."

Ander Herrera revealed he felt worse than Kylian Mbappe when his Paris Saint-Germain team-mate was tested for coronavirus.

Mbappe tested negative for coronavirus earlier this month, just days out from PSG's Champions League last-16 second leg against Borussia Dortmund.

But Herrera said he was in a worse condition than Mbappe, with the midfielder missing the clash due to a thigh injury.

"It was two days before PSG v Dortmund and the previous weekend Neymar had a group meal and I had been by his side," he told Cadena SER on Thursday.

"I was worse than him."

PSG's win over Borussia Dortmund behind closed doors which sent them into the Champions League quarter-finals was their last match with sport around the world brought to a standstill by the coronavirus pandemic.

The financial impact of the suspended, and potentially cancelled, seasons is set to be felt and Herrera is open to taking a pay cut.

"We have to be consistent with the situation of the clubs," he said.

"Personally, I am very grateful to PSG for having me here and of course I would listen to them."

Paris Saint-Germain are set to be without Thiago Silva and Ander Herrera for the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Borussia Dortmund.

Centre-back Thiago Silva hurt his hamstring during the 4-3 Ligue 1 defeat of Bordeaux last Sunday and is expected to be sidelined for three weeks.

Herrera, who scored on his last outing in the 4-4 draw at Amiens on February 15, has a thigh muscle injury and is likely to be missing for between six and eight weeks.

It means both players will be unavailable for the visit of Dortmund to Parc des Princes on March 11, as PSG attempt to overturn a 2-1 deficit from the first leg.

They will sit out Saturday's Ligue 1 match at home to Dijon and the league trip to Strasbourg on March 7, as well as the Coupe de France semi-final away to Lyon on March 4.

Thiago Silva will hope to return for the meeting with Nice on March 15, while midfielder Herrera is unlikely to play again until April.

Thiago Silva, 35, has made 30 appearances in all competitions for Thomas Tuchel's side this season.

Herrera, who joined on a free transfer last year after his Manchester United contract expired, has played 18 times for the French champions.

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