Paris Saint-Germain failed to advance to the Champions League final after being knocked out by Manchester City. Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger examines what brought PSG to a halt.
Paris Saint-Germain lost 0-2 at the Etihad Stadium, Wednesday (5/5/2021) in the early hours of WIB in the second leg of the Champions League semifinals. The defeat ensured they failed to return to the final 1-4 on aggregate.
Neymar et al started well when they were fast ahead in the first leg. But Les Parisiens then collapsed in the second half and conceded two goals.
PSG started the second leg aggressively but missed with a quick attack after only 11 minutes of action. The situation got even more difficult when Riyad Mahrez scored his second goal in the 63rd minute, followed by Angel Di Maria’s red card six minutes later.
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger thinks this meeting was won by Man City because it made fewer mistakes. In addition, he considered that PSG’s defense was not as good as its opponents and needed serious strengthening if they wanted to win the Champions League.
“Overall, Manchester City has fewer shortcomings than PSG. You could say that PSG played well tonight, they showed some top quality in several aspects of the game, but twice missed the counter-attack,” Arsene Wenger told beIN Sports quoted by Metro…
“Overall, I would say that for them now what is important is to analyze in which areas to develop, and that is at the back. The defense, at the moment, is not good enough to win the Champions League.”
“They have enormous potential, but that’s where they need to improve. They also need to be more calm and concentrated. We can’t ignore the fact that they finished both matches with 10 men.”
“So that’s a recurring issue too. They have to improve the level of discipline when things don’t go well,” added the Frenchman.