Upset at losing against AC Milan, Luis Enrique criticizes PSG's game harshly
Luis Enquire reacted after PSG's 1-2 defeat against AC Milan
Paris Saint-Germain coach, Luis Enrique, did not seem very satisfied with his team's game when they were beaten by AC Milan. He said that his team's performance in this match was more like playing tennis than football. PSG was forced to give up when they visited Milan headquarters in the fourth matchday of Group F of the 2023/24 Champions League. While playing at the San Siro on Tuesday, the French side lost with a narrow score of 2-1.
Les Parisiens took the lead after nine minutes after Milan Skriniar managed to take advantage of a corner kick. But the home side equalized three minutes later through a superb finish from Rafael Leao. Olivier Giroud ensured Milan's victory with a header in the 50th minute. With PSG's defeat, practically every team in Group F still has a chance of qualifying, with Borussia Dortmund collecting seven points, Les Parisiens six points, Milan five points and Newcastle United four points. After the match, the 53-year-old veteran Enrique criticized his team's playing style which, according to him, seemed patternless. The only thing that makes him happy is PSG when they win.
"I liked the way we played because we scored the first goal and had many other chances," said Luis Enrique. "The only problem is that we have made the match crazy. It should be a football match, not tennis. It's just end-to-end, attack against attack. I don't like that." Fans certainly enjoyed Milan's match against PSG, when Mike Maignan and Gianluigi Donnarumma were forced into difficult saves to keep the score level. "Kylian Mbappe had golden chances in front of goal two or three times, as did Ousmane Dembele. Once they took the lead, Milan closed up and it became very difficult. It was a fairly even match.
"I see two teams that are quite similar. I prefer to control the initiative more, but this match was more end-to-end," added Enrique. It was a tough night for Donnarumma, who made his first return to the San Siro as an opponent since becoming a free transfer in 2021. The crowd continuously booed him and printed thousands of fake banknotes to throw at him. "He has a lot of experience, a strong character," said Luis Enrique convincingly. "Football is passion, the fans show their position. The atmosphere can only be like that if there is affection for a player. He played a great match." Then, Luis Enrique was asked if Milan could be considered one of the best teams in Europe, especially since they reached the semifinals last season.
"Of course! Of course! This is a very strong group with two games remaining and all four teams can still qualify for the last 16. This is the toughest group in the Champions League. "It's a shame for us because if we had won, we would have qualified."
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