Paris Saint-Germain head coach Mauricio Pochettino maintained that the below-par performance of Kylian Mbappe was not solely to blame for the 2-0 loss against Monaco on Sunday.
Ligue 1 champions PSG were upset by In-form Monaco in a blow to their title hopes as the Parisians fell four points behind Lille leaders with 12 games remaining.
This season, PSG has already lost six Ligue 1 matches, their worst tally in a single campaign since the start of the Qatar Sports Investment (QSI) period in 2011/-2, and their worst since 2010-11 campaign (eight).
In midweek, Mbappe captured global headlines with his hat-trick in the Champions League against Barcelona, but Monaco put extra effort into minimizing his influence in the French capital.
Pochettino, however, jumped to the defense of Mbappe, who continues to be affiliated with Real Madrid’s LaLiga champions.
“Today, it’s not only Kylian but the whole team that hasn’t been at the level. That didn’t explain what it takes to win. But, as I said, the manager is the first person responsible and I take responsibility for it. When you lose, the first person responsible is the manager and I fully assume it.”
Although they had outshot Monaco 10-5, but only reached the mark once, the PSG dominated possession, leaving Pochettino to lament their failure to kill the opposition, only a few days after placing four past Barcelona in the opening leg of the last-16 tie.
In their four games against the other teams, Pochettino’s PSG is winless in Ligue 1’s top four positions this season, taking just one point out of a possible 12.
“Every game is different. Every night we can’t replicate the very same results. We haven’t been good enough.
On the two possibilities they had, Monaco did well. That’s what happened. Monaco had two chances, and they scored twice. We dominated on our side, but without succeeding in scoring and killing the enemy.”