Champions League: PSG crash against Newcastle, Luis Enrique under accusation – Football

Champions League: PSG crash against Newcastle, Luis Enrique under accusation – Football

Luis Enrique took full responsibility for the 4-1 defeat at Newcastle, the second worst defeat in the Champions League for the Qatari-owned PSG, after the 6-1 defeat at Barcelona in 2017. The Spanish coach for having fielded a team with four attackers and Kylian Mbappé for the poor performance are among the main ones accused by critics, after the heavy defeat at Saint James Park.

L’Equipe gave him a 3 on his report card not only for the deployment being too unbalanced up front, with only two midfielders, but above all because “he hasn’t changed anything in his plans, despite the team’s enormous difficulties in midfield”.

For Le Parisien Enrique is “the main person responsible for this fiasco”, underlining that PSG “suffered throughout the match. Yet he insisted, replacing Ugarte with Vitinha, despite his three-midfielder scheme giving him so much confidence at the start of the season “. According to Rio Ferdinand, commentator for English TV, “perhaps PSG underestimated Newcastle, but tactically you cannot afford mistakes at this level. Otherwise you will be punished, especially in a stadium like this”.

“I am primarily responsible” the former Spain coach admitted immediately. However, he denied the lack of commitment shown by some: “I have no problems with the attitude of the players, you have seen another match… The result it’s fair, but excessive in scoring. Newcastle deserved the victory and I congratulate them, but the result is a bit exaggerated, it doesn’t reflect the difference between the two teams.”

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2023-10-05 09:58:53
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