Former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas still has what makes a great footballer if what happened yesterday is anything to go by. The Spaniard changed the game after getting off the bench after halftime leading to his team scoring 3 second half goals.
PSG had dictated matters in the first 45 minutes with Kyllian Mbappe scoring twice. It was a great show for the young pacy Frenchman who had struggled with injury in the recent days. His third goal was ruled out.
Fabregas came on at the start of the second half and completely changed the game for the hosts. He went on to create three chances, the most by anyone in the game, and had three shots. He set up German Kevin Volland’s second goal before scoring from the spot after a red-card foul by Abdou Diallo.
Volland had scored Monaco’s first goal and was the only player to have more shots than Fabregas.
Notably, the introduction of Fabregas saw the visitors commit 12 fouls in the second half. One of the fouls by Abdou Diallo led to the penalty. The midfielder completed 32 of his 36 passes in the period.
PSG boss Thomas Tuchel decried the fall of his team in the second half, saying they were to blame for the defeat.
“In the second half, we lacked the same concentration (of the first half), we did not play seriously enough, we did not take the ball with the same quality and we didn’t defend seriously enough either.
“This is why we are completely responsible. Maybe it was too easy and the players got the impression that it was already 3-0 or 4-0 when it was only 2-0.
“We have to accept the criticism because we have completely stopped playing football,” Tuchel was quoted by Telefoot.
The introduction of Neymar did little to save PSG while Mbappe had to be subsequently substituted. Tuchel confirmed that Neymar would start against Leipzig in their forthcoming Champions League fixture.