Paris Saint-Germain had to know that dropping the first-leg 1-0 to Bayern Munich in their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 matchup on Tuesday night at the Parc des Princes would bring out the criticism.
Several football punts have gone after players, but others are ripping the entire club. Former French footballer Emmanuel Petit didn’t hold back on his criticism of the French giants during his Wednesday appearance on RMC Sport’s Rothen s’enflamme.
“You have a hangover [on Wednesday morning]; you are the laughing stock in the European press,” Petit said (h/t Football 365). “Many European media laugh at the performance of PSG. I have serious questions. It’s a shame compared to the project they are trying to sell us.
“PSG has been mistaken in its objectives for years. It is the quest for the image more than the result. PSG cannot be reduced to Kylian Mbappé alone. We can also mention the absentees on the side of Bayern. We can talk about sports management problems in Paris while asking the management: What is your objective? Selling jerseys or having a European track record?”
💥🎙 Manu Petit : "Pour avoir discuté avec des supporters hier, les places étaient minimum à 800 €, 2000 € pour certains. Sans déconner… J'ai rigolé ! Tu serais mieux de rester chez toi dans ton canapé avec une bière. C'est du foutage de gueule. C'est du vol !" #rmclive pic.twitter.com/fgGQ9Jobdo
— Rothen s'enflamme (@Rothensenflamme) February 15, 2023
With PSG having a Champions League or bust mentality since the Qatar Sports Investment takeover in 2011, all that really now matters is what the capital club does in this competition.
As a result, failures in the tournament will be analyzed with a giant magnifying glass, and the criticism can be even harsher, which is what Petit provided.
Nonetheless, PSG still has 90 minutes to overturn their situation and they only find themselves down 1-0 on aggregate when the second leg kicks off on March 8 at the Allianz Arena.