Paris Saint-Germain coach Luis Enrique criticized their 2-1 loss to Milan, likening it to tennis, but acknowledges the group’s toughness.
In the reverse fixture at Parc des Princes, the Ligue 1 side had secured a 3-0 victory, leading them to believe they were heading in the right direction tonight at San Siro. However, their optimism was dashed when Milan Skriniar found himself unmarked to connect with a flicked-on corner at the back post.
Nevertheless, things took a different turn with Rafael Leao’s acrobatic bicycle kick and Olivier Giroud’s towering header.
PSG boss Enrique told reporters: “I liked the way we played, as we scored the first goal and had many other opportunities.
“The only problem is that we helped the game become crazy. It was meant to be a football match, not tennis. It was just end to end, attack against attack. I did not like that.”
The fans undoubtedly relished the action, with both Mike Maignan and Gianluigi Donnarumma facing challenging saves to prevent the score from increasing. Additionally, in stoppage time, Lee Kang-in struck the upright with a clipped effort.
“Kylian Mbappé was clear on goal two or three times, so was Ousmane Dembele. After they took the lead, Milan clammed up in defence and it became very difficult. It was a pretty balanced game.
“I saw two fairly similar teams. I prefer more control of the initiative, but it was more end to end.”