‘I always protect my team but today I am absolutely not OK’: Thomas Tuchel SLAMS his PSG players for their performance against Bordeaux as admits they ‘deserved’ to lose second half after lethargic display
- PSG were held to a 2-2 draw by Bordeaux after throwing away a 2-1 lead
- Thomas Tuchel accused his players of a lack of effort and discipline
- His side were pegged back in the second half after leading 2-1 at the break
- Second-placed Lille could go level on points with the champions on Sunday
Thomas Tuchel tore into his Paris Saint-Germain players and accused them of a lack of effort and discipline after they were held to a 2-2 draw by Bordeaux.
PSG went behind in the 10th minute after centre back Timothee Pembele diverted the ball into his own net but Neymar equalised with a penalty in the 27th minute before Moise Kean put them ahead a minute later.
The Ligue 1 champions were made to pay for failing to kill the game off having gone 2-1 in front with Yacine Adli bringing the visitors level in the 60th minute as they held on for a point.
Thomas Tuchel tore into his PSG players after they threw away a 2-1 lead against Bordeaux
The PSG boss accused his stars of a lack of effort and discipline in the second half of the game
Tuchel was furious with his players after the game and accused them of lacking effort and discipline during the second half.
He said: ‘We cannot play without any physical effort like we played in the 2nd half. This is not possible. The first half was okay, we had a lot of chances, we followed the plan, we played quite simple, we played in quite a disciplined way, it was an ok half, maybe even a good half.
‘We created a lot, but maybe only ok because we lacked the seriousness to kill this match off, really kill it off, be decisive.
The French champions were made to pay for not killing off the game when they were 2-1 ahead
‘We lacked the finesse and determination in the box in the 1st half. In the second half we lacked everything: discipline, effort, attitude, everything.
‘We did not have the discipline to follow the plan. We lost the second half, which was absolutely deserved. Absolutely deserved.’
PSG were beaten 3-2 by Monaco last weekend and are now only three points clear of second-placed Lille, who face St Etienne on Sunday.
Tuchel added that he was not prepared to protect his players after their second half performance.
Tuchel said he was not prepared to protect his players after their second half performance
‘The second half was not ok, not at all,’ he continued. ‘Normally I always protect my team but today I am absolutely not okay with our level of effort in the second half.
‘For me it was not necessary for us to drop points for the second time like that, like losing points at Monaco in the second half, and again here, not necessary at all.’
The French side face a crucial Champions League game with Manchester United on Wednesday before they are back in league action against Montpellier next Saturday.