Manuel Ugarte sounds off on PSG's mindset after loss to Newcastle

Newcastle United FC v Paris Saint-Germain: Group F - UEFA Champions League 2023/24
Newcastle United FC v Paris Saint-Germain: Group F - UEFA Champions League 2023/24 / Stu Forster/GettyImages

In the aftermath of Paris Saint-Germain's 4-1 defeat against Newcastle, midfielder Manuel Ugarte openly acknowledged the team's lack of aggression and poor state of mind.

Reflecting on the match at St James' Park, Ugarte admitted that the electric atmosphere favored the Magpies, emphasizing that PSG should have been more aggressive.

He commented, "We could have shown a better state of mind, but the atmosphere would have been favorable to them." PSG might have never before played at Newcastle, but they surely should have known much better where they were getting into, shouldn't they?

Ugarte credited Newcastle for playing well and executing effective pressing, highlighting the significant difference in the game.

While acknowledging the unusual circumstances of Newcastle's return to the Champions League playing at home, he refrained from criticizing his teammates directly, stating, "This is not a criticism. The truth is that the atmosphere helped them."

On a personal note, Ugarte experienced his most challenging match since joining PSG, facing pressure from the Magpies in midfield and struggling with technical errors from start to finish.

It's also worth noting that the system chosen by Luis Enrique, a 4-2-4 formation, did not favor Ugarte or Warren Zaire-Emery at all, who found themselves overwhelmed in the midfield.

Ugarte concluded, "These are games that happen sometimes."