Roy Keane slams Champions League challengers' defences

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Player-turned-pundit Roy Keane believes Manchester City and PSG's defences cost "£149 million too much" after watching their Champions League 2-2 draw.

ITV pundit Roy Keane provided a cutting assessment of Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain’s defenders following their Champions League draw, reports Independent.ie.

The two oil-rich European giants played out a frantic 2-2 draw at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday in the first leg of their quarter-final tie.

Both sides fielded world-class sides, with the likes of Sergio Aguero, Kevin de Bruyne, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Angel di Maria all on show in the French capital.

However, despite the glittering array of attacking talent, both defences provided evidence of their weaknesses at the back with a series of mistakes.

Without club captain Vincent Kompany due to injury, Manuel Pellegrini was forced to name Eliaquim Mangala and Nicolas Otamendi at the heart of his back-four.

Meanwhile for PSG, international team-mates David Luiz and Thiago Silva hoped to keep out City’s potent attack.

But it was Luiz's poor positioning that allowed De Bruyne to score the opening goal of the night before Fernando's horrible error on the edge of his own box allowed Ibrahimovic to level the tie just three minutes later. 

Adrien Rabiot put the hosts ahead but the Parisiens were unable to seal victory after a mix-up in the six-yard box enabled Fernandinho to snatch a vital equaliser.

The 2-2 scoreline leaves City in control of the tie and will kick-off the second-leg fixture on April 12 primed for an away goals victory.

Outspoken former Manchester United skipper Keane was less than impressed when ITV presenter Mark Pougatch claimed both defences cost a combined fee of around £150 million.

“They cost £149 million too much,” Keane retorted, according to Independent.ie.

“You are meant to be talking about top level defenders here. You want them to get into position and smell danger, but they looked surprised when the ball came towards them.

“The concentration levels were not good enough.”

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