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Roy Keane offers a brutal assessment of the defending in PSG v Manchester City clash

Published 07/04/2016 | 00:57

Roy Keane was unimpressed with the shambolic defending during last night's clash
Roy Keane was unimpressed with the shambolic defending during last night's clash
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Roy Keane lashed out at the standard of Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League quarter-final clash against Manchester City, as he claimed the highly paid defenders on both sides had “cost £149m too much” after a lamentable display in an error strewn 2-2 draw at Parc des Princes.

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City left Paris in pole position to secure a place in the semi-finals for the first time in the club’s history, but former Republic of Ireland captain Keane was unimpressed with the standard of defending in a tie that will conclude at City’s Etihad Stadium next Tuesday.

After ITV Sport presenter Mark Pougatch suggested the two defences on show had cost around £150m to assemble, Keane offered typically damning summation of their efforts.

“They cost £149m too much,” stated a cuttingly honest Keane.

“You are meant to be talking about top level defenders here. You want them to get into position and smell danger, but they looked surprised when the ball came towards them. The concentration levels were not good enough.”

PSG’s first half equaliser came after a lamentable piece of defending from Fernando, as he allowed Zlatan Ibrahimovic to deflect a leveller past City keeper Joe Hart, inspiring Keane to offer this unforgiving assessment of his efforts.

Manchester City's Fernando shows his dejection after his pass hit Zlatan Ibrahimovic of PSG resulting in a goal for the French side. Photo: Getty Images
Manchester City's Fernando shows his dejection after his pass hit Zlatan Ibrahimovic of PSG resulting in a goal for the French side. Photo: Getty Images

“If that happened on a training game, you’d stop it and hammer the players,” he said.

“Who do you blame here? I question the City goalkeeper because he dictates what he does with the ball. Joe Hart should have done more.”

Keane went on to suggest City have a golden chance to book a place in the semi-finals as they head into the second leg at the Etihad Stadium next week, yet he backed French champions PSG to win in Manchester.

“This was a huge result for Man City,” he added. “The fact they have got two away goals will serve them well, but the standard of play was poor and the defending was shocking. That won’t bother Man City too much as they now have a great opportunity.

“Their manager spoke well after the game when he said they still have a lot of work to do. Man City are pleased with themselves after this result, but there are still twists and turns in this tie.

“City need to be careful here. If I was a betting man, which I’m not, I still fancy PSG to go through.”

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