Arsene Wenger identifies the two ‘big mistakes’ Leipzig made in Champions League semi-final defeat to Paris Saint-Germain

first_imgGulacsi was punished after his pass with cut out by PSG midfielder Herrera (Picture: Getty)Peter Gulacsi was largely to blame for PSG’s second goal after playing a wayward ball straight to Ander Herrera in the build-up to Di Maria’s strike and Wenger hit out at the goalkeeper for a lack of game awareness.Asked whether it was a mistake from Gulacsi, Wenger replied: ‘Yes, a big one.‘Because you have to think that it was 41 minutes played and Leipzig were struggling a little bit.‘The goalkeeper has to think then, “Let’s go 1-0 at half-time” and not take a huge gamble.‘He didn’t adapt his game at all to the situation and 2-0 was too big a hurdle for them.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalWenger hopes the success of PSG and Lyon in this year’s competition will help improve Ligue 1’s reputation across Europe.‘PSG have carried the failures of a few years, going out in unexpected situations, especially against Barcelona,’ he added.‘Overall, I would say that will change the way people will look at them and even the French championship because we have Lyon as well.‘Lyon are not even qualified for Europe next season if they don’t win the Champions League and they are still in the last four, having knocked out Juventus and Manchester City.‘It will change the way people look at the French championship.’Who will win this year’s Champions League?PSG0%Bayern Munich0%Lyon0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. AdvertisementAdvertisementFor more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Thomas Tuchel reveals why he clashed with Leipzig coach after PSG’s Champions League semi-final winMORE: Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria react after PSG thump RB Leipzig to reach Champions League final PSG swept Leipzig aside to reach the Champions League final (Picture: Getty)Arsene Wenger believes Leipzig were the architects of their own downfall in their 3-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain, gifting the opposition their two opening goals with a pair of ‘big mistakes’ in Lisbon.PSG took a giant step towards the Champions League final in a one-sided first half as Angel Di Maria set up Marquinhos’ header to break the deadlock before getting on the scoresheet himself in the 42nd minute.Neymar and Kylian Mbappe continued to terrorise Leipzig’s tiring defenders after half-time and the pressure soon told as Juan Bernat nodded home to extend PSG’s advantage at Benfica’s Estadio da Luz. Advertisement Advertisement Former Arsenal boss Wenger discussed the game for beIN SPORTSIn his post-match analysis for beIN SPORTS, ex-Arsenal manager Wenger insisted the French champions deserve enormous credit for reaching the final for the first time in their history but criticised Leipzig for the way they imploded in the first half.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘In football it’s about finding your strengths and removing the strengths of your opponent and I think Leipzig overthought a little bit to do that,’ he said.‘They didn’t disturb the game of Paris Saint-Germain. Individually, PSG are much too strong so Leipzig missed the first half.‘At half-time, it was impossible for them to score two goals and qualify because they have no real goalscorers.’ Marquinhos broke the deadlock with a powerful header in the 13th minute (Picture: Getty)On Marquinhos’ opening goal, Wenger said: ‘You could see that they opened the goal too much. ‘The distance between the two defenders on the near post is far too big and they opened the space for Marquinhos.‘Marquinhos is far too good in the air, even if he’s not tall.‘They made a huge mistake there, tactically.’ Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 19 Aug 2020 10:21 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.9kShares Arsene Wenger identifies the two ‘big mistakes’ Leipzig made in Champions League semi-final defeat to Paris Saint-Germain Commentlast_img

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