PSG collapse in Champions league reveals a long way to go

Paris Saint Germain quest to make an impact in the champions league will have to wait for another season to make a go at the competition after throwing away a 2-0  goal away win at Manchester United to collapse 3-1 at home to get dumped on away goals rule.

PSG mandate in the champions league has been to win the competitions with a list of high profile head coaches all who have advanced the Parisians to the latter stages but never past the quarterfinals.

Lack of mentality and attitude

Tuchels side mmentality and attitude has to be questioned after their comprehesive win at Old Trafford without their star players Neymar and Edison Cavani after their start proved they were already in cruise mode thinking the tie was a wrap.

When asked whether his players had struggled to cope with the intense pressure of the situation, Tuchel said: “I can’t say yes, but I can’t say no, because we showed a very good reaction after the first goal to United.

However, the performance of the Ligue 1 champions speaks more of the club being unlucky and lacking of attitude and mentality in the game and their inexperience.

Manchester United went ahead within two minutes of the game as Romelu Lukaku intercepted Thilo Kehrer backpass as he seemed caught in two minds with his pass going neither to Buffon or the last defender for the Belgium to round the keeper and tap it into the empty net.

United second came from Gianluigi Buffon’s spilled save from Marcus Rashford’s long range strike that Lukaku and Kimpembe’s was punished rightly or wrongly for a handball as he turned his back to the ball for Rashford to score in stoppage time.

its happened before

PSG collapse isn’t the first after the incredible turnaround by Barcelona coming down from a 4-0 deficit away in Paris to win 6-1 at the Nou Camp which has remained in lore of great champions league comebacks was a hint at how far the club had to go in achieving the club owners ambitions of lifting the ‘Big Ears.’

Lack of ruthlessness in converting chances

Following the first goal the home side equalised from Juan Bernat tap in from Kylian Mbappe’s cut back and should have added the more according to their Tuchel.

“We had opportunities for a second or third goal but we did not convert them.

“After that, the second goal changed the whole situation because Man United had no chance to score, but they netted twice. And with another United goal, we were out.

“They had three goals without attacking, without creating a chance. It’s hard, maybe impossible to analyse this.”



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