Punters in the Transfer Tavern today are feeling for a Manchester City star, after he admitted a recent disaster impacted his performance against Liverpool at the weekend.
The Express says that Manchester City defender Bacary Sagna, admits that he shouldn’t have played in their 4-1 defeat to Liverpool at the weekend and feels as though the Paris terror attacks have had a major impact on his performance against Liverpool.
Sagna and fellow City defender Eliaquim Mangala were both in the France squad at the night of the atrocious incidents and both struggled against the Reds this weekend.
The former Arsenal player thought he was both physically and mentally able to play at the weekend but a combination of the devastating events in Paris and an emotional game against England in the midweek eventually caught up with him on Saturday.
It was the Frenchman’s mistake which eventually led to Eliaquim Mangala’s own goal and that was the start of a game to forget for Sagna. Admitting he made a mistake by featuring, Sagna said:
“It was not easy to be part of that event [Paris]. I was feeling down and it was quite difficult to play. Personally, it’s not been my best week. Mentally and physically I believed I was okay to play. But I wasn’t. I tired quite quickly and didn’t have as much power as I usually do.”
“I felt guilty [about the goal]. I should have kept my head up but I was too upset. I was thinking about what happened and I shouldn’t have. I don’t want to blame the team or the defensive changes we made. I look at myself first and I was bad.”
Manchester City will have to put their 4-1 defeat behind them quickly as they look to bounce back in their Champions League clash away to Juventus on Wednesday.
City fans, should your French contingent have been rested this weekend given the incidents? Let us know in the comments below!
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