Aymeric Laporte says the match officials treated defenders differently to attackers during Manchester City’s Champions League defeat at Paris Saint-Germain.
PSG ran out 2-0 winners thanks to goals from Idrissa Gueye and Lionel Messi, and it looked at one point that City’s frustrations at missing a number of good chances would boil over when Laporte and Neymar had a coming together shortly after Messi’s goal.
The incident came after Marco Verratti was booked for a challenge, and the pair shared some cross words before being separated.
Speaking after the game, Laporte explained the disagreement, telling RMC Sport: “It is repetitive, I do not understand why defenders are sanctioned more than the attackers. Only I took a yellow card.”
Laporte appears to have been mistaken, perhaps confusing Verratti’s booking for his own, and UEFA’s post-match summary confirmed the City defender was not shown a card. Joao Cancelo was booked for stopping a Kylian Mbappe counter, while Kevin De Bruyne collected the only other yellow card for his controversial challenge on Gueye.
Reflecting on the game as a whole, Laporte said City’s problem was simply not scoring, as he said his side did not have any particularly different approach to facing Neymar, Messi, and Kylian Mbappe.
He said: “We did a good match, we missed a goal. They scored. The most important thing is to score. PSG had very few chances and they won the match.
“We did not approach the match in a different way. We play very regularly against great players but we knew this could happen. We did not succeed in scoring.”