Kylian Mbappe hits out at PSG's performance as Lille run riot

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Kylian Mbappe

Kylian Mbappe claimed Paris St Germain “played like beginners” after they suffered their heaviest Ligue 1 loss in 18 years on Sunday.

Needing to avoid defeat to seal the title, PSG instead suffering a humbling 5-1 reverse to second-placed Lille, collapsing in the second half after the dismissal of Juan Bernat.

Bernat had cancelled out Thomas Meunier’s own goal in a first half that saw Mbappe twice denied for offside, but once down to 10 men, PSG conceded efforts to Nicolas Pepe, Jonathan Bamba, Gabriel and Jose Fonte.

“It was an end-to-end match,” Mbappe told 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.”

Tuchel admitted he may struggle to put out a side against Nantes with Marco Verratti picking up a booking to earn a suspension, adding to that facing Bernat.

While PSG lick their wounds, Lille are getting used to the idea of Champions League football after moving eight points clear of Lyon in second place.

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Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting's horror miss

Strasbourg spoiled Paris Saint-Germain’s title party with a 2-2 draw at the Parc des Princes.

Victory for the reigning champions would have seen them retain their Ligue 1 crown on Sunday night, after second-placed Lille’ 1-1 draw at Reims earlier in the day.

Despite a host of injury problems and the absence from the starting line up of Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe, who was named as a substitute, it looked a formality when Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scored after 13 minutes to put PSG ahead.

However, Strasbourg arrived in the French capital on a high after winning the Coupe de la Ligue final last weekend and following it up with a 4-0 midweek success against Reims, and the visitors rallied.


Thierry Laurey’s team turned the game on its head before half-time with goals from Nuno Da Costa and Anthony Goncalves.








PSG should have regained the lead immediately after the visitor’s equaliser, but an astonishing miss by Choupo-Moting meant it stayed level. Christopher Nkunku lifted his shot over the advancing goalkeeper and the ball was set to trickle into the net, only for Choupo-Moting to follow it in and stop the ball on the goal line in an attempt to get the final touch and his second goal of the game.





Thilo Kehrer equalised with eight minutes remaining, but the hosts could not find a winning goal and their inevitable coronation was put on hold.


However, all the talk was about Choupo-Moting’s miss.


Check out the video above to see what PSG boss Thomas Tuchel had to say about his misfiring striker.



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Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel said it was “necessary” to rest stars Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe as Strasbourg stopped them from securing the title at Parc des Princes.

Tuchel’s side needed three points to retain the Ligue 1 title but the visitors struck twice in quick succession as the game finished 2-2.

Neymar, Cavani and Angel Di Maria were absent, while Mbappe was named as a substitute for the game, and Tuchel said it was necessary to “protect his players”.

Speaking to L’Equipe, he said: “I don’t like playing without Neymar, Edi, Di Maria, all the players who can make a difference

“But it was necessary. Kylian felt something in his muscles over the last three games. It’s not always possible to play him.”

Despite the absences, it looked a formality for PSG when Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting got the opening goal after 13 minutes.

However, Strasbourg arrived in the French capital on a high after winning the Coupe de la Ligue final last weekend and following it up with a 4-0 midweek success against Reims, and the visitors rallied.

Thierry Laurey’s team turned the game on its head before half-time with goals from Nuno Da Costa and Anthony Goncalves.

The introduction of Mbappe after an hour saw PSG become much more of a threat and Thilo Kehrer equalised with eight minutes remaining, but the hosts could not find a winning goal and their inevitable coronation was put on hold.

PSG should have regained the lead at 1-1 but an astonishing miss by Choupo-Moting meant it stayed level.

Christopher Nkunku lifted his shot over the advancing goalkeeper and the ball was set to trickle into the net, only for Choupo-Moting to follow it in and stop the ball on the goal line in an attempt to get the final touch and his second goal of the game.

Tuchel said: “I think he’s lacking confidence. He’s not here to start every game but he is at the moment because we have a lot of injuries.

“It’s not his role. He’s a great substitute.

“Today, he was very unhappy. He started well then stopped the ball on the line.

“I don’t know why he did that. You could say it’s Murphy’s law.”

PSG are 20 points clear at the top of the table with eight games left and their next chance to clinch the title will come when they travel to second-placed Lille next weekend.

Laurey was quoted in L’Equipe as saying: “It was a shame to concede to make it 2-2 with eight minutes left to play.

“It was a bit like the Alamo, the saves from Matz Sels were necessary and we prayed a little.

“But regardless of the result, I am very happy with the performance of my players because it’s matches like these which will help them progress.”

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