Rabiot: I regret playing against Barcelona

The midfielder scored an important goal for his side on Sunday but has revealed that he harbours one great regret for this campaign

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot has admitted that he should not have played in the second leg of the Champions League last-16 tie against Barcelona.

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The French champions suffered a record 6-1 defeat at Camp Nou, which saw their 4-0 lead from the first leg overturned by Luis Enrique’s side. They gave a lethargic performance and the young France midfielder would not have declared himself fit for the encounter if he was to have his time again.

“I played with a chest infection,” he said after PSG’s first home match since the debacle – a 2-1 win over Lyon on Sunday. “I wanted to play this game and it was not the best thing. Now I’m good, but I regret it because I was not 100 per cent.

“Maybe we should have put someone else in my place. It’s clear I was in trouble, even if the outcome was not all because of that.”

Rabiot was on target for Unai Emery’s side against OL as he scored their equaliser after Alexandre Lacazette’s opener in Sunday’s clash. Julian Draxler got the winner before the break, keeping the defending champions within sight of leaders Monaco.

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