Former Paris Saint-Germain striker, Nicolas Anelka, has exposed the club’s only problem in the Champions League following their elimination from the tournament.
PSG was eliminated from the Champions League in midweek after losing 3-1 against Real Madrid following Karim Benzema’s hat-trick.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men failed to progress beyond the Champions League Round of 16, ending their hopes of securing the coveted trophy this season.
Speaking to Le Parisien, Anelka, a former Real Madrid star, said that PSG’s only problem in the Champions League is that they lacked the ‘mental’ strength to navigate crunch ties.
“PSG were well above in the first leg and then for almost the entire return. Having so many chances on the pitch in Madrid gave me the impression that it was going to end 3-0 for Paris. Their qualification was obvious. Then there was an incomprehensible 15-minute slump,” said Anelka.
He added: “This shipwreck can only be explained by the traumas of the past, such as the eliminations in Barcelona or against Manchester United. There are no other possible explanations. Mentally, the Parisians weren’t strong when a problem arose. It’s terrible, but this mental fragility is part of their identity.”