Le Guen tongue-lashing not enough for PSG

Ligue 1
02/11/2008

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Paris Saint-Germain coach Paul Le Guen blasted his players for being too soft at half-time of their clash away to Nice, but despite an improved second-half display, the capital club fell to a second consecutive 1-0 loss.

Playing their fourth match in ten days, PSG were played off the park in the opening 45 minutes against a determined and enterprising Nice side, who despite losing top scorer Loïc Remy to an ankle knock in the ninth minute, went ahead through his replacement, Eric Mouloungui, six minutes before the half-time break.

Frustrated

"I gave them a right tongue-lashing because they needed it," said Le Guen after the match. "I can't explain why we played the first half like that.

"I'm incredibly frustrated and the players know it. We won at Marseille [last weekend] because we worked hard for it, but here, I didn't feel the players had any desire to go out and look for the win.

"It wasn't a physical problem. The players were just lacking aggression and determination. It was in their heads," added the former Lyon and Glasgow Rangers boss.

Never again

"This team has to work if it wants to live up to its own ambitions. I don't ever want to see my players head out looking so soft and hope that things are just going to work out.

"What angers me, is that there was no fighting spirit which needs to be present all the time. It worried me that I tell myself: 'How can the players be incapable of measuring the importance of a game against Nice?'."

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