Arsene Wenger slams ‘stupid’ PSG players after Man City loss

Arsene Wenger has torn into Paris Saint-Germain for letting their emotions boil over in a "stupid way" during their first-leg defeat by Manchester City in the Champions League semi-finals.

PSG were in command at half-time as Marquinhos' header capped a stunning 45 minutes of football by the French champions.

But their hold on the game slipped after the interval, with Kevin De Bruyne scoring a deserved equaliser in the 64th minute and Riyad Mahrez putting the visitors ahead shortly after.

PSG responded to falling behind with increasingly-reckless challenges and Idrissa Gana Gueye saw red for a horrendous tackle on Ilkay Gundogan.

Wenger criticised the hosts' lack of discipline while also hitting out at Leandro Paredes and Presnel Kimpembe for letting Mahrez's free kick through the wall.

The former Arsenal boss told beIN Sports : "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?

"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 were protective, not progressive any more. Is it because they were not physically capable?

"They did not have the same availability. After 1-1 they collapsed completely. They became emotional and aggressive in a stupid way."

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Wenger highlighted PSG's poor domestic form as a cause of their dismal second-half showing, with the club suffering eight defeats in Ligue 1 this season to leave their title hopes in the balance.

The Frenchman added: "What was very interesting tonight is that you could see that when it was 1-1, PSG mentally collapsed.

"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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