Graeme Souness has taken a break from criticising every team in the Premier League to bash Paris Saint-Germain.
PSG were eliminated from the Champions League with a whimper last night, as goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Casemiro saw off the French league leaders 5-2 on aggregate.
While much of the focus was on the absence of the injured Neymar and the remarkable record-breaking run of Ronaldo, the Liverpool legend was not impressed by PSG’s effort on the night.
Souness, well known for his tough tackling during his playing days and his harsh rants as a pundit, thought PSG’s superstars were going through the motions.
“They were pathetic; never looked like putting a dent in Real Madrid at all,” said the 64 year-old.
“This is a collection of big players. You look at the names on the teamsheet, big players who cost a lot of money. You know, we know, names on teamsheets don’t win you football matches. They were bang average tonight.”
Souness believes the lack of challenges in the French Ligue 1 meant PSG’s players just weren’t up to the task.
“This is a team [Real Madrid] that plays in a proper league, the Spanish league, would have to be bang at it because it’s Real Madrid, everyone plays against them like it’s a cup final. So, they don’t get any easy games.
“Against a team playing very much in a second league where they don’t have to be at their best to win games. Some of them just strolled through that game. They played as if, ‘Oh there’ll be another night for us’ and they got the manager the sack tonight. Pathetic.”
PSG have won 24 of 28 league games this season, are 14 points clear at the top of Ligue 1, and hold a goal difference +67. Perhaps then it is no surprise that the French side have struggled repeatedly in the Champions League when drawn against the big boys.
The injury to Neymar was a massive blow to Unai Emery’s side, but the 5-2 aggregate score suggests he wouldn’t have made that much difference in the end.
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