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Mbappe: PSG played like beginners

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Kylian Mbappe of PSG reacts after being tackled during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain at Old Trafford on February 12, 2019 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Kylian Mbappe was critical of Paris St Germain’s performance after suffering their heaviest Ligue 1 loss in 18 years on Sunday.

The Ligue 1 leaders would have wrapped up the title if they had avoided a defeat but second-placed Lille had other ideas as they withheld the celebration with the 5-1 mauling of the Parisians.

That victory was made easier following Juan Bernat’s dismissal in the game. Goals from Nicolas Pepe, Jonathan Bamba, Gabriel and Jose Fonte were instrumental in Lille’s triumph.

However, Mbappe who was denied twice by the offside flag in the first half of the game was disappointed at the manner of the loss.

“It was an end-to-end match,” Mbappe told FourFourTwo via Canal Plus.

“One moment we were on top, the next we were not. We can afford to lose, we will still be champions, but we cannot lose like this, not with three, four or five goals conceded.

“We must play with more personality. This is a problem we must correct.

“Football is played on the pitch. It is not about just saying things. We played like beginners and we must not lose like that.”

Coach Thomas Tuchel disagreed with his striker, and pointed to a long list of absentees which grew with Thiago Silva and Meunier hobbling off in the first half.

“We did not play like beginners – it is too easy to say that,” he said in his post-match press conference. “We scored three goals against Lille but two were offside.

“There were no chances for Lille in the first half, and we had an opportunity to score a second goal.

“Moussa Diaby has played only twice and (Thilo) Kehrer is sick – ordinarily they should not be with us, but here we are.


“Bernat played on the left, then the middle, it’s not normal. It shows the extraordinary mentality we have had, but it’s too much.

“Marquinhos is sick, Thiago Silva is injured. Lille are a fantastic team and with 10 men it was complicated but we played well.”