Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said Paris Saint-Germain were “emotionally and aggressively in a stupid way” during their 2-1 defeat to Manchester City in the Champions League.
PSG took the lead through Marquinhos, before Kevin De Bruyne’s cross eluded everyone to make it 1-1.
Riyad Mahrez then hit a free kick through the wall to win the game Wednesday night.
That gives Pep Guardiola’s men a huge lead after next week in their semi-final.
PSG were also reduced to ten men in the second half as Idrissa Gueye received a straight red card for a nasty challenge on Ilkay Gundogan.
Wenger believes the collapse of PSG in the second half was due to their poor discipline.
‘Of the defenders turning their backs, it’s between Paredes and Kimpembe. Why are you laying a guy on the ground when the guys in the wall open the wall?
‘I personally believe that the second goal is not acceptable for that level.
“It’s not the first time you’ve seen players turn their backs. City benefited from that.
‘In the second half, Paris Saint-Germain were protective and no longer progressive. Is it because they were not physically capable? They did not have the same availability.
‘After the 1-1, they completely collapsed. They became emotionally and aggressively in a stupid way.
‘What was very interesting tonight is that you could see that PSG collapsed mentally when it was 1-1.
‘It’s also the result of this team losing eight games in the league. It has an impact in these kinds of situations.
‘If it’s 1-1, the team knows they’ve lost a lot of games. They wear it.
“It’s not like last season when they were unbeaten in the league. You can see that confidence is declining significantly.
“The mental impact when Man City were tied in the semi-final of a Champions League was too great,” Wenger told beIN Sports.