Ander Herrera insists “it wouldn’t be a failure” if Paris Saint-Germain did not lift the Champions League this season.
PSG has dominated the board domestically and are, for the first time since the 1994-95 season, in the last four of Europe’s premier competition.
The Champions League remains the primary goal for the heavyweights of the Ligue 1 and its founders, Qatar Sports Investments.
It took a dramatic late comeback to advance against Atalanta, as Marquinhos and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting goals secured a 2-1 victory. Next they will meet RB Leipzig on Tuesday in Lisbon.
Most pundits make PSG favourites to reach the final, but Herrera says that his club had a successful campaign already.
“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.”