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PSG boss accuses players of complacency after 44-game winning run ends

 

‘We played with too much self-confidence’: PSG boss Thomas Tuchel accuses players of complacency after 44-game winning run comes to an end

  • PSG crashed out of the League Cup, losing to bottom club En Avant Guingamp
  • The 2-1 result ended PSG’s run of 44 successive victories in domestic cup games
  • Neymar had given the hosts the lead before Guingamp scored two late penalties
  • Boss Thomas Tuchel blamed the quarter-final defeat on complacency

Julian Pretot, Reuters

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Ed Osmond, Reuters

 

Although he hopes Wednesday’s defeat by En Avant Guingamp, which came after 44 consecutive wins in domestic cup games, was just an ‘accident,’ Paris St Germain coach Thomas Tuchel believes his team were complacent.

The runaway Ligue 1 leaders, well on course for a sixth title in seven seasons, lost 2-1 at home to bottom club Guingamp after the Brittany side converted two late penalties in the League Cup quarter-final match.

‘We lost a game, but most of all an opportunity to win a trophy,’ said Tuchel.

Neymar celebrates giving PSG the lead in the League Cup quarter-final against Guingamp

Neymar is upended by bottom-of-the-league Guingamp’s Lebogang Phiri 

Having failed to make an impact on the Champions League in recent years, PSG used to compensate with domestic titles, lifting the French Cup every year from 2015-18 and the League Cup from 2014-18.

PSG were in the driving seat after Neymar’s header put them ahead in the 63rd minute, only for the visitors to claim a shock victory.

‘Actually, we played with too much self-confidence during the whole game,’ Tuchel added. We thought nothing could happen to us.’

Guingamp Striker Marcus Thuram scores the winning penalty in stoppage time

PSG Captain Thiago Silva holds his head in his hands at the Parc Des Princes

The elimination, PSG’s first domestic cup defeat since January, 2014, will at least lighten the club’s schedule before they travel to Manchester United next month for their Champions League last-16 first-leg game.

‘We have to bounce back because we are PSG, a great club,’ Tuchel said.

PSG travel to Amiens as Ligue 1 action resumes on Saturday.  

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