Hexagoal Ligue 1 Trophy

Meunier admits PSG complacency

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Thomas Meunier acknowledged that complacency cost Paris Saint-Germain in Friday's draw at Saint-Etienne with the Ligue 1 Conforama title in sight.

"It is not easy to explain. We were not focused. There were a few absences. We complicated things for ourselves, but Saint-Etienne deserve credit too for the way they set themselves up tactically. They often seemed to have an extra man in every area and we struggled to make up the spaces," said the Belgian right-back, who was recalled to the line-up for the game at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.

Rémy Cabella gave Saint-Etienne an early lead and then had a penalty saved, with PSG having Presnel Kimpembe sent off before the interval. But the 10 men rescued a point in stoppage time when Mathieu Debuchy put through his own net.

"Our first-half performance was very bad and we were lucky that Alphonse (Aréola) saved us at the penalty. We were backs to the wall after that and we reacted. Everyone gave a bit more and we were able to come back into the game.

"We were a bit lax. It will soon be the end of the season and we have almost won the title. There was a bit of complacency, quite simply."

A win combined with a defeat for nearest rivals AS Monaco against FC Nantes would have handed PSG the title this weekend. Instead, they will have the chance to win the trophy when they play host to Monaco at the Parc des Princes next weekend.