Paris St Germain coach Vahid Halilhodzic said he had no intention of quitting despite his team’s exit from European competition on Tuesday.
CSKA Moscow beat PSG 3-1 in their final Champions League group phase match Tuesday – a result which left the French side at the bottom of their group and ended their participation in Europe for another year.
“We finished fourth in the table. I’m really disappointed but we didn’t deserve anything better,” said Halilhodzic.
“I don’t understand what happened during this match. I don’t know what the players had on their minds. They looked like they were mesmerized.”
Asked if he had contemplated resigning, Halilhodzic said he would carry on.
“I’m aware of the work we have to do here and I’m going to carry on until it’s fully completed. I’m not going to leave this club. You can bet on me to help the team bounce back,” he said.
The club are experiencing their worst season in over a decade.
With just two matches to go before the winter break, PSG are 12th in the 20-team standings, trailing leaders Lyon by 17 points.
Nonetheless, chairman Francis Graille backed his coach, saying he still had confidence in him.
“It’s not the right time to ask questions like these. Vahid’s situation is not under review. Everyone has to assume his responsibilities.
“There were 11 guys on the field and I didn’t see any will to win this match.”
“We are not going to let anything go in the championship and there are still the French Cup and the League Cup (to go).
“We are not going to give up all our hopes. But it’s obvious that the road is going to be long and painful.”