Pochettino urges PSG to show respect and cohesion after Monaco embarrassment

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Paris St Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino has urged his side to show more cohesion and stop making excuses after being humiliated 3-0 at Monaco in another embarrassing display on Sunday.

PSG were never in the game and were below par in terms of stamina and inspiration, 11 days after being knocked out of the Champions League last 16 by Real Madrid.

“You have to be individually responsible and think about the collective. We have moved away from that. Behavior should be more collective than individual,” Pochettino told a press conference.

PSG still enjoy a 12-point lead in Ligue 1 but they made a bad impression against Monaco, leading former French great Thierry Henry to say the club was “run more like a business than a club”.

“I played in Barcelona and every time you didn’t do what needed to be done, whoever you were, whatever your name was, you were out,” said Amazon Prime broadcaster Henry.

“At Bayern Munich, you are absent. At PSG, are you absent?”

“We have to find solutions and stop making excuses,” Pochettino added.

Ligue 1 leaders PSG lose 3-0 to Monaco

“It’s unacceptable. This first half is unacceptable. We didn’t have a fighting spirit. The way we played is not acceptable.”

French striker Kylian Mbappe, perhaps PSG’s only flawless player recently, was also furious.

“The objective is to get the 10th French title. We can win 8-0, 9-0, people will talk about the Champions League,” Mbappe said.

“No matter what, we have to respect each other, if we have a bit of self-esteem. We also have to respect the fans.”

When asked if he was worried the team wouldn’t defend themselves after Sunday’s embarrassment, Pochettino also asked the players to show the fans some respect.

“No, it can’t happen. It can’t happen. You can have (bad) performance but that kind of attitude is not possible,” he said.

“It’s unacceptable to start the game like this. The respect of the club, of our supporters, is essential.”

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