Barthez: PSG didn't respect Man United

Paris Saint-Germain lacked humility following its Champions League last-16 exit, according to former goalkeeper Fabien Barthez.

Thiago Silva consoles Kylian Mbappe after PSG's Champions League exit   -  Getty Images

Fabien Barthez believes Paris Saint-Germain did not respect Manchester United in its Champions League clash as the French giant bowed out on Wednesday.

PSG crashed out of the Champions League in the last 16 following a stunning 3-1 second-leg defeat to United in Paris.

Marcus Rashford converted a 94th-minute penalty as United overturned a 2-0 first-leg deficit to progress on away goals.

Former United goalkeeper Barthez, who won two Premier League titles with the club in 2001 and 2003, criticised PSG afterwards.

"A lack of respect," Barthez told Le Parisien. "I think these are the first values of an athlete and a team [to respect the opponents].

"It is necessary in all circumstances to respect the adversary. Based on skills, Paris were better. They demonstrated that by winning the first leg against an English team that was even better armed than it was tonight.

A dejected Angel Di Maria following PSG's stunning exit from the Champions League   -  Getty Images


"Paris lacked concentration. The players were not in the game. The club that make the difference in this type of meeting are the one that makes no mistake, not necessarily the one who plays the best."

It was PSG's third consecutive last-16 exit in the Champions League, having bowed out in the quarter-finals in the four seasons prior.

Asked if PSG had not learnt its lesson from 2017 when it surrendered a 4-0 first-leg advantage against Barcelona in an incredible 6-1 collapse, Frenchman Barthez – who refused to single out head coach Thomas Tuchel for blame – said: "They have stayed in the same lineage.

"Paris did not learn from their mistake. It is in these moments that we see the history and education of a club. 

"They should have won this match on the values. Parisians lacked humility."