The German wideman was not introduced off the bench until the 76th minute, with the player himself feeling his side should have taken more risks.
Julian Draxler has admitted his anger at Paris Saint-Germain manager Unai Emery following the Ligue 1 leaders’ exit from the Champions League.
The Parisiens lost 2-1 in the second leg of their last-16 clash with Real Madrid, as goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Casemiro sealed a 5-2 aggregate win for the defending champions.
Draxler stepped off the substitutes’ bench for the final 14 minutes at Parc des Princes but, with PSG already down to 10 men following Marco Verratti’s red card, he was unable to effect the final outcome.
Draxler has hit out at Emery for deciding against bringing him on at that stage and instead holding back despite needing two more goals to keep the tie alive.
“It was insensitive, ” he said of the decision not to bring him on in the aftermath of Cavani’s goal to ZDF. “I didn’t know what was going on. I was surprised and angry. The goal for 1-1 went in but it did not change anything for us. I felt we needed to keep pressing and playing offensively.
“We lost a man, and even though we got it to 1-1 the whole stadium knew the game would not turn around because we didn’t have the intensity on the pitch. Real Madrid played it out confidently and were not nervous at all.” We played the ball back and forth but you cannot score just doing that.
“You have to put pressure on Real Madrid when you are 3-1 down, not just pass it back and forth and hope something falls for you. We needed to put pressure on the opponents right from the start. We didn’t do that so we deserved to be eliminated.”