PARIS: Mauricio Pochettino is living on borrowed time after Paris Saint-Germain followed their Champions League by losing 3-0 in the French league at Monaco.
The runaway league leaders deservedly suffered their heaviest defeat of the campaign for their fourth defeat six matches in all competitions.
Coach Pochettino said: “The way we lost is not acceptable at this level of competition.
“We can’t start a game the way we started this one,” added Pochettino. “You have to get out of the frustration of elimination in the Champions League. You have to think about giving the best of yourself.
“We lacked the fighting spirit against a team that wanted to react after being eliminated [from the Europa League].
“It’s unacceptable to start the match like that. There is sporting shame. It can’t be repeated. We can still lose matches, but what happened shouldn’t – and can’t happen again because it’s serious.
“The spirit and the performance must be collective. We must stop looking for excuses and finding pretexts.”
Wissam Ben Yedder scored twice for the hosts, flicking in a near-post cross and converting a late penalty as he moved two goals clear of PSG’s Kylian Mbappe as the top goalscorer in Ligue 1 with 17 goals.
In between, he created Monaco’s second, with Kevin Volland turning his shot past the wrong-footed PSG keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, with Pochettino clearly angered by the manner of his team’s collapse.
It also followed their recent exit in the last 16 of the Champions League, letting slip a 2-0 aggregate lead to lose 3-2 at Real Madrid.