Ancelotti lashes out at PSG's attitude in Cup elimination

Reuters, Thursday 18 Apr 2013

Carlo Ancelotti angry for Paris St Germain's French Cup quarter-final

Paris Saint-Germain's coach Carlo Ancelotti looks on before his team's French Ligue 1 soccer match against Stade Rennes at the Route de Lorient stadium in Rennes, April 6, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)

Carlo Ancelotti slammed his players' attitude in Paris St Germain's French Cup quarter-final game at Evian Thonon Gaillard on Wednesday but the Italian coach took responsibility for the embarrassing elimination.

PSG were knocked out on penalties after Saber Khelifa had cancelled out Javier Pastore's brilliant early opener, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva both missing their attempt in the shootout session.

"It is a huge disappointement especially because of the team's attitude," Ancelotti was quoted as saying in French media on Thrusday.

The defeat ended the capital side's hopes of achieving a Ligue 1-Cup double, one week after PSG were eliminated in the Champions League quarter-finals 3-3 on aggregate by Barcelona.

On Wednesday, PSG were nothing like the team who held firm against the Spanish champions.

"There was no concentration, no character, too much self-importance," Ancelotti said.

"The season is not finished but tonight is a disaster. I am sorry. It is my responsibility."

The usually soft-spoken Ancelotti went as far as saying he had never seen PSG play that bad.

"Was it oour worst game ? Yes. Am I upset against the players ? Yes," he said.

"You can lose a game, but not in this fashion."

PSG, who lead second-placed Olympique Marseille by nine points with six games left in the Ligue 1 season, take on Nice on Saturday.

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