Arsene Wenger has slammed Paris Saint-Germain’s stars, claiming they “mentally collapsed” during their 2-1 defeat to Manchester City.
The hosts took the lead of their Champions League semi final first-leg, when Marquinhos headed home in the first half.
However, City found parity just after the hour mark through Kevin De Bruyne, before a Riyad Mahrez free-kick handed them a valuable lead to take back to the Etihad, as they look to reach their first final in the competition.
But the former Gunners boss took aim at Mauricio Pochettino’s side, accusing them of conceding an ‘unacceptable’ second goal after Mahrez’ strike went straight through the PSG wall.
“From the defenders turning their back, it’s between Paredes and Kimpembe. Why do you lie a guy on the ground if the guys in the wall open the wall?” Wenger told beIN Sports.
“I personally believe that the second goal is not acceptable for that level.
“It’s not the first time you see players turning their back. City took advantage of that. ‘In the second half, Paris Saint-Germain was protective, not progressive any more.
“Is it because they were not physically capable? They did not have the same availability.”
He also suggested that their indifferent Ligue 1 form, meant that once City had equalised, they were unable to control their emotions.
“After the 1-1 they collapsed completely. They became emotional and aggressive in a stupid way,” he continued.
“What was very interesting tonight is that you could see that when it was 1-1, PSG mentally collapsed.
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“This is as well the consequence of this team losing eight games in the league. This has an impact in this kind of situation.
“When it’s 1-1 the team knows they have lost many games, they carry that.
“It’s not like the season before when they were unbeatable in the league. You could see the confidence drop considerably.
“The mental impact when Man City equalised in the semi-final of a Champions League was too big.”
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