PSG coach commits to club despite exit

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The Paris St-Germain coach Vahid Halilhodzic said he was not considering quitting despite his team's exit from European competition.

The Paris St-Germain coach Vahid Halilhodzic said he was not considering quitting despite his team's exit from European competition.

CSKA Moscow, inspired by a hat-trick from their captain, Sergei Semak, beat PSG 3-1 in their final Champions' League group phase match at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday. The defeat left PSG bottom of Group H and ended their European campaign. Moscow qualified for the Uefa Cup.

"We finished fourth in the table. I'm really disappointed but we didn't deserve anything better," Halilhodzic said. "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 mesmerised." Asked if he is considering stepping down, 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. You can bet on me to help the team bounce back," he said.

The club are experiencing their worst season since the pay-per-view television channel Canal Plus became their main shareholder in 1991. They are not only eliminated from European competition but their chances of winning the French League title are slim. With just two matches to go before the winter break, PSG are 12th in the standings, trailing the leaders Lyon by 17 points.

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