On matchday three of the UEFA Champions League, Paris Saint-Germain fell 2-1 and is on the verge of a catastrophe as missing the tournament’s knockout stages is becoming a possibility.
Despite having had a good start in this confrontation, the capital club fell apart in the second half. It began when former PSG youth product Christopher Nkunku scored to tie the match in his return to Paris. Them 16 minutes later, RB Leipzig took the lead thanks to Emil Forsberg converting a penalty-kick.
The situation went from bad to worse when both Idrissa Gueye and Presnel Kimpembe received red cards as Les Parisiens ended up finishing the match with nine men.
After the match, Marquinhos spoke with RMC Sport to discuss what went wrong for PSG.
“It’s hard to explain. We had to keep the same mentality as the first half. When we concede a goal, we must not be less good. We must stay in our heads. I know it’s difficult; you have to manage. You have to stay positive, and in the locker room, you have to try to improve. We must not continue like this. It’s a tough competition, and we have to increase our level of play. We have to improve for the next three matches.”
Marquinhos then touched on whether the squad still believes in manager Thomas Tuchel.
“Of course. It was the coach who had the best season in history, and a few months later, we were talking about the future of the coach. Football has no patience whatsoever for me or the coach,” Marquinhos said.
“He’s our PSG coach. We don’t have too much time in football. We have to do better. We trust our coach. We have to work to improve; it’s not just the coach’s fault. It’s not an easy season, we are missing players, but we must not look for excuses. No matter how you play, you have to get on the pitch to win.”
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