PSG Boss: Don't Blame Mbappe For Monaco Defeat

PSG Boss: Don't Blame Mbappe For Monaco Defeat Photo: TT
PSG's Kylian Mbappe reacts during the French League One soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Monaco, at the Parc des Princes

Paris Saint Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino leapt to the defence of superstar forward Kylian Mbappe after an underwhelming display in Sunday’s 2-0 loss to Monaco in the French Ligue 1.

Days after scoring a hat-trick against Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League, Mbappe put in a subdued performance as Monaco put extra effort into limiting his impact.

The result dents third-placed Paris Saint Germain’s title hopes as they slip four points behind leaders Lille, while in-form Monaco stay in touch in fourth spot.

“Today, it’s not only Kylian but the whole team that hasn’t been at the level,” Pochettino said post-game.

“That didn’t show what it takes to win. But as I said, the first person responsible is the manager and I take responsibility for it.

“When you lose, the first person responsible is the manager and I fully assume it.”

Meanwhile, Monaco boss Niko Kovac said that his side put special effort into minimising former player Mbappe’s impact in the match.

“Our plan? We had to erase Kylian Mbappe because he’s a great striker,” Kovac said.

“We had to deprive him of the ball by putting three or four players on him.

“In defence, we showed another face of Monaco because we didn’t concede many chances.

“Tonight was wonderful. This is what we needed. We managed to beat PSG for the second time, now we are going home and going to rest.”

Next weekend, second-placed Olympique Lyon takes on Olympique Marseille in a Sunday night blockbuster, while PSG takes on bottom club Dijon.

Ben somerford
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