- Wenger is of the opinion PSG ditched attack for defence and “completely collapsed in a stupid way
- PSG lost 2-1 at home to Man City despite leading 1-0 at the break
- Pochettino’s men were guilty of a couple of missed chances in the first half
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on Friday tore into Paris Saint-Germain for losing 2-1 at home to Manchester City despite leading 1-0 at the break, in the first leg of their semifinal clash at Parc de Princes.
The 71-year-old Frenchman who now serves as FIFA’s chief of global football development, thinks the French champions collapsed after conceding the equalizer.
Captain Marquinhos crowned a scintillating first half performance by PSG by heading the Germains in front in the 15th minute, a bullet header that had the visiting Citizens trailing 1-0 at the break.
Despite bullying their opponents in the opening half with a dominant performance, Pochettino’s men were guilty of a couple of missed chances, key among them Angel Di Maria and Neymar.
Pep Guardiola who opted against a ‘traditional number 9’ and instead used Bernado Silva as a false nine, was no where near making changes by introducing either Sergio Aguero or Gabriel Jesus who were fully fit and on the bench. The Spaniard who has two Champions League crowns to his name as a coach, rallied his troops instead.
Kevin De Bruyne’s long range equalizer outrageous equalizer in the 64th minute started a comeback that was finished with a fine Riyad Mahrez 71st-minute freekick that meandered through the wall before PSG lost midfielder Idrissa Gana Gueye to a red card for a clumsy challenge on Ilkay Gundogan, 13 minutes to second half stoppage time.
Wenger who coached PSG rivals Monaco from 1987 to 1994 before making a switch to the Emirates believes the 2019/2020 finalists ditched attack for defence and “completely collapsed in a stupid way”.
“I personally believe that second goal is not acceptable in that level,” He added. “Why do you lie a guy in the ground when the guys on the wall open the wall?” Wenger asks in an interview beIN sports.
According to the former Arsenal boss, Manchester City took advantage of the “lack of availability” of PSG players and believes they might not have been physically capable to compete with City.
Pochettino will hope his side puts a better performance when they face City in the second leg at the Etihad stadium in a week’s time, without the services of Gueye.