PSG boss Ancelotti lambasts against Barca forward Sanchez for diving
Paris Saint-Germain manager Carlo Ancelotti criticized Alexis Sanchez after the Barcelona forward dived to take away penalty in the final moments of 2-2 draw at Parc de Princes on Tuesday.
Carlo Ancelotti lambasted against Alexis Sanchez and called him a serial diver following the crucial second away goal. Paris Saint-Germain had to comeback twice in the game to make sure they travelled to Nou Camp next week with a draw at home.
The Italian boss was infuriated by Alexis Sanchez’s diving routine in his interview to Canal + after the match. Carlo Ancelotti claims Alexis Sanchez tricked the match referee into giving away the spot-kick.
“Alexis looked for the goalkeeper, it was not a penalty,” Carlo Ancelotti said. “It was a gift from the referee. We have experience with Alexis, in the friendly in August he also dived. We know him. He likes to dive. It is nothing new.”
In spite of the defeat, Carlo Ancelotti was proud of the performance from his men. The former Chelsea manager admitted his side would have to brace for a tough game at Nou Camp next week.
Nonetheless, Carlo Ancelotti insisted his men could pull off a shock win over Barcelona.
“It was a good game. We played well in the first few minutes but it got complicated. We used a lot of energy to level the score,” Carlo Ancelotti said.
“We have opportunities for the return game. It is still open, even if it will not be easy. We showed that we can compete against Barca. We will have to score twice there. We did it tonight, let's do it the same way in the second leg.”
Paris Saint-Germain director of football Leonardo lauded Carlo Ancelotti for grabbing a draw against hot-favorites Barcelona.
“We are very, very proud. We conceded when we were at our best in the game, and to come back in the game against Barcelona is not easy,” Leonardo said
“Carlo was amazing today. He studied Barcelona hard, and it is true that if you look at the game, we had a nearly perfect strategy. We had one goal when we were the best. But if you leave a few millimeters to (Lionel) Messi, this is what happens.
“I believe that after all we've been through in the past few months, today is truly a wonderful thing, because it is not easy to build a team. We are very proud of our game, our behaviour, our approach to the game.
“It is true that it is very difficult there (at Camp Nou]. But you never know. With this spirit, we'll try everything.”
Paris Saint-Germain have a good chance of catching Barcelona on the back-foot at Nou Camp since Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano have been ruled out of second-leg by Barcelona’s interim manager Jordi Roura. Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano picked up a hamstring and a knee injury on Tuesday.