Arsene Wenger slams 'stupid' PSG for 'mental collapse' in 2-1 Man City loss after becoming 'emotionally aggressive'

ARSENE WENGER has lambasted Paris Saint-Germain for being 'stupid' and 'emotionally aggressive' as they lost 2-1 to Manchester City.

Les Parisiens finished the Champions League semi-final first leg tie with ten men as the Citizens came back from behind to score two vital away goals.

Brazilian defender Marquinhos put the home side in front in the 15th minute, before Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez scored after the break.

The Algerian's winner was easily avoidable as his free-kick somehow went straight through the wall which caught out goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

And things got worse for Mauricio Pochettino's men after Idrissa Gueye was sent off for a nasty tackle on Ilkay Gundogan with PSG chasing the game.

Former Arsenal boss Wenger believes that the Ligue 1 giants lost the game due to their poor discipline as they 'mentally collapsed' in the second half.

Speaking on beIN SPORTS, the Frenchman, 71, said: "From the defenders turning their back, it’s between [Leandro] Paredes and [Presnel] 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 we see players turning their back and City took advantage of that.

"But I must say in the second half PSG were protective and not progressive any more. Is it because they were not physically capable?


"After the 1-1, they collapsed completely. They become emotional and aggressive in a stupid way."

Wenger has also stated that PSG's second half shocker could be due to them being second in the French top-flight, with the club losing eight league games this term.

He 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 dropped considerably and the mental impact when Man City equalised, for the semi-final of a Champions League, was too big."

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