PSG ‘Completely Stopped Playing’ Against Monaco But Have Neymar Back For Leipzig Clash


Thomas Tuchel condemned the attitude of Paris Saint-Germain in their shock collapse against Monaco but could at least take advantage of the match to prepare RB Leipzig, where Neymar will start. (More football news)

PSG were cruising at half-time when they returned to Ligue 1 on Friday as Kylian Mbappe, back in shape, scored twice.

But a third effort by the French international was ruled out and Cesc Fabregas’ introduction at half-time was a game-changer.

Kevin Volland quickly fought off a goal for Monaco, before Fabregas caught up with the second German striker, then blocked the winner from the penalty spot after Abdou Diallo was sent off.

Fabregas created three chances – no player has managed more despite the midfielder playing only 45 minutes – and also had three shots, behind only Volland.

The former Chelsea midfielder completed 32 of his 36 passes, including 86.4% of his attempts in the PSG half-field, but Tuchel said his side were to blame in relinquishing control.

Diallo’s costly foul was one of 12 the visitors made in the second half, as Monaco won five more duels than their opponents in the 90 minutes.

“We controlled the first half with two goals scored and two more [disallowed], I think the third was valid, ”PSG boss Tuchel told Telefoot after the 3-2 loss.

“In the second half we lacked the same focus, we didn’t play seriously enough, we didn’t take the ball with the same quality and we didn’t defend seriously enough either.

“That’s why we are totally responsible. Maybe it was too easy and the players felt it was already 3-0 or 4-0 when it was only 2-0.

“We have to accept the criticism because we have completely stopped playing football.

“We didn’t do what was necessary to win a game: defend in a block, stay aggressive, stay alert behind.

“We also lost a bit of strength in midfield but we had to make changes. You can always lose but losing a game like this is very weird.”

“In the first two minutes of the second half we had two very high recoveries but then we came to a complete stop. It was not possible to win the duels; we were always late. This is not normal. . “

It was the first time that PSG let slip a two goals to lose in the league since January 2015, a 4-2 loss against Bastia.

Tuchel admitted the Champions were a bit stuck with the looming Champions League home clash with Leipzig.

Neymar was coming back from injury and was due to appear from the bench, while Mbappe only lasted 68 minutes. Marquinhos didn’t play at all.

“The game against Leipzig is going to be very difficult, but it wouldn’t have been much different if we had won,” Tuchel said of Tuesday’s continental clash.

“We had to get Kylian out, not take any risks with Marquinhos and have Neymar play for a few minutes.

“The mix between the two matches, Monaco and Leipzig, is perhaps also a reason why we have lost our focus.”

He added: “Neymar is determined. He will start against Leipzig.”

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