Mahrez takes aim at beaten PSG players for lashing out after Manchester City had sewn up victory

‘They lost their nerves and started kicking us’: Riyad Mahrez takes aim at beaten PSG players for lashing out with reckless challenges after Manchester City had sewn up victory

Riyad Mahrez slammed ill-disciplined PSG for lashing out as Manchester City reached their first Champions League final.

Mahrez scored in the 2-1 first-leg victory in Paris, and bagged a brace on Tuesday night to complete a 4-1 victory on aggregate.

PSG lost their discipline in the first leg, with Idrissa Gueye sent off for an ugly challenge on Ilkay Gundogan.

Man City winger Riyad Mahrez clashes with Neymar during Tuesday’s bad-tempered clash

And the French champions were reduced to 10 men in the second leg after Angel Di Maria was shown a straight red card for a senseless stamp on Fernandinho on the touchline in the 69th minute.

PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe was fortunate to escape a red card for a reckless challenge on Gabriel Jesus. 

Mahrez said: ‘It was a very good game. We didn’t start good again. I don’t think we had a very good first half but we scored a goal and then we were more comfortable. 

‘After the goal in the second half we played very good, we could have scored more, then they lost their nerves and started kicking us, they had a red card and it was more comfortable for us.

Angel Di Maria was shown a straight red card for a senseless stamp on Fernandinho

Angel Di Maria was shown a straight red card for a senseless stamp on Fernandinho

‘I don’t think it was our game plan to counter, they had to come at us – sometimes they lose the ball and they are good on the counter as well. We were happy with the second goal.

Mahrez capped a sweeping move started by goalkeeper Ederson’s 60-yard pass to open the scoring in the 11th minute. 

Mahrez added: ‘[Ederson] We know he’s capable to put the ball to the other goal, it’s something we work on all the time – today it worked good. 

‘When you play semi-final of the Champions League you have to be solid – everyone has to contribute for the defence and that’s what we did, we were very solid today, we didn’t concede much that’s why were in the final.’

Presnel Kimpembe was fortunate to escape a red card for a reckless foul on Gabriel Jesus

Presnel Kimpembe was fortunate to escape a red card for a reckless foul on Gabriel Jesus

Midfielder Marco Verratti was another PSG player who lost his discipline during the defeat

Midfielder Marco Verratti was another PSG player who lost his discipline during the defeat

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Joe Hart hits out at Idrissa Gueye for his ‘needless’ tackle on Ilkay Gundogan

Joe Hart hits out at PSG midfielder Idrissa Gueye for his ‘needless’ tackle on Ilkay Gundogan that saw him sent off in Champions League semi-final defeat… but the Man City midfielder tweets he is ‘all good’ after full time

Former Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart hit out at Paris Saint-German midfielder Idrissa Gueye for his ‘needless’ tackle on Ilkay Gundogan on Wednesday night.

PSG lost their discipline during the second half of their Champions League semi-final first leg and Gueye was shown a straight red for an awful challenge on City’s German midfielder.

Gueye caught his opponent on the back of the ankle with his studs. It was a late challenge from behind and Gundogan needed treatment before he could continue at Parc des Princes.

PSG midfielder Idrissa Gueye was sent off during their 2-1 defeat by Manchester City

Gueye flew into a tackle with City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan that was 'needless', says Joe Hart

Gueye flew into a tackle with City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan that was ‘needless’, says Joe Hart

Gueye will now miss next week’s second leg at the Etihad and Hart, who won the Premier League title twice with City, was less than impressed with the former Everton midfielder’s tackle.

Speaking on BT Sport, he said after the game: ‘I think the frustrating thing is it is needless.

‘He got caught up in emotion of the game.

‘He got it all wrong and it’s a good job it did not do what they we feared it may do.’

Ex-Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves agreed with Hart, adding: ‘It’s a poor challenge from Gueye. 

‘It is not malicious, just really poorly timed, a very nasty one. It was an easy decision.’

Hart says Gueye 'got it all wrong' and was relieved to see Gundogan walk away without injury

Hart says Gueye ‘got it all wrong’ and was relieved to see Gundogan walk away without injury

Gundogan let Manchester City fans know that he's 'all good' after the final whistle in Paris

Gundogan let Manchester City fans know that he’s ‘all good’ after the final whistle in Paris

Gundogan was inundated by social media messages from City fans asking if he was okay as they look to win the Premier League and Champions League in the coming weeks.

In response, the 30-year-old posted: ‘I’m fine. All good. Thanks for all your messages’.

City produced a superb second-half fightback to claim a 2-1 advantage after the first leg of their last four encounter.

The Premier League leaders were stung by an early Marquinhos goal as the hosts dominated the first half of a high-quality encounter at the Parc des Princes.

They responded brilliantly with Kevin De Bruyne equalising after 64 minutes and Riyad Mahrez firing home a free-kick soon after.

PSG lost their discipline as City threatened to score more in a strong finish. Phil Foden and De Bruyne both had late chances to put City in complete command but PSG escaped further damage.

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Ilkay Gundogan made Jurgen Klopp ‘REALLY ANGRY’ and was told: ‘do whatever the f*** you want to do’

Ilkay Gundogan recalls the moment he made his former Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp ‘REALLY ANGRY’ and was told: ‘do whatever the f*** you want to do’ after Man City star refused to sit out a training session due to a hamstring issue

  • Ilkay Gundogan signed for Borussia Dortmund in 2011 under boss Jurgen Klopp 
  • However, the pair came to blows in the midfielder’s second season at the club 
  • The midfielder had refused to sit out a training session due to a hamstring issue 
  • Klopp was frustrated at Gundogan, shouting at him before ‘slamming the door’
  • The pair did make up on the pitch with Gundogan admitting he ‘learnt a lesson’  

Ilkay Gundogan has outlined the details behind the argument that saw former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp shout ‘do whatever the f**k you want to do!’. 

Having been signed from Nurnberg in the summer of 2011, Gundogan and Klopp came to blows during the midfielder’s second season at the club. 

The German international refused to sit out a training session due to a hamstring issue – causing Klopp to storm out of the room, ‘slamming the door behind him’.

Ilkay Gundogan signed for Borussia Dortmund in 2011 under former manager Jurgen Klopp

Speaking of the incident, Gundogan told The Players Tribune: ‘I once managed to make Jurgen Klopp angry. Like, really angry. 

‘It was in my second season at Dortmund. We were trailing in the Bundesliga, but we had a shot at the Champions League. The staff had this rule that if you felt bad before a training session, you had to report it to the team doctor. That way we would avoid injuries, and Jurgen would know that you might not be able to train.

‘So one morning I woke up and felt my hamstring a bit. Did I have a muscle problem, or was I just tired? I couldn’t tell. I probably should have texted the doctor. But I thought, ‘It’s probably gonna be alright’.

‘Like always, I came to the training ground an hour before the session started. And just to be sure, I asked the doctor to take a look at my hamstring.’

However, the pair came to blows in the midfielder's second season at the German club

However, the pair came to blows in the midfielder’s second season at the German club

The midfielder had refused to sit out a training session due to a hamstring issue

The midfielder had refused to sit out a training session due to a hamstring issue

The Manchester City midfielder refused to sit out of training despite the doctors concerns. 

The medical staff were adamant that no risks could be taken and that the German manager needed to informed. 

However, Gundogan insisted he would be fine to complete the session and refused to listen to the advice he was given – much to Klopp’s dismay. 

He said: ‘Jurgen came in and he was not happy. I was trying to find a way out of it, even though I knew I was wrong. Jurgen kept saying that we couldn’t take any risks. I kept saying that I could train.

‘And then he snapped. You know when he gets these intense eyes and grits his teeth?

‘He gave me that look and shouted, ‘DO WHATEVER THE F*** YOU WANT TO DO!’ Then he slammed the door behind him.’

The current City player and Liverpool boss did, however, make up on the pitch afterwards

The current City player and Liverpool boss did, however, make up on the pitch afterwards 

The pair did, however, make up shortly after the incident by hugging it out on the pitch. 

Gundogan said: ‘About half an hour later, I put my boots on and walked on to the pitch. Jurgen came up next to me,’ the 30-year-old added. ‘I was expecting a lecture, but he put his arm around me.

‘He said, ‘My friend, do you know why I was so angry? I just care about you. And I don’t want you to get injured.’ Then he gave me a big hug.

‘I was shocked. We had had this fight, and now he was talking to me the way a father might talk to his son.’

Gundogan also admitted that the experience ‘taught him a lesson’, saying: ‘Jurgen taught me a lesson that day: Always try to be honest. Both with others and yourself.’

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