Roy Keane rips into PSG and Man City as only he can

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Nicolas Otamendi and Aleksandar Kolarov among those slammed by Keane
Nicolas Otamendi and Aleksandar Kolarov among those slammed by Keane

Some of the defending in the first leg of Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League quarter-final clash with Manchester City would not have looked out of place in an under-10s fixture - and Roy Keane was suitably scathing in his assessment of the chaos.

A game that finished 2-2 was littered with some comical defending from both sides and when ITV Sport presenter Mark Pougatch suggested the defenders show had cost around £150m, 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.

“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.”