Roux concerned by Mexes praise
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Mexes is one of the most coveted defenders on the continent and is on the shopping list of virtually all of Europe's leading clubs.
However, he blotted his copybook with a first half dismissal in Auxerre's Champions League defeat at PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday.
Though Roux feels the sending off was harsh, the veteran coach is also concerned about the praise being heaped upon the highly-rated stopper.
"I am waiting to see the images on TV but it seems to me the first sending off is extremely harsh," bemoaned Roux.
"The second Mexes yellow card is greatly exaggerated.
"For a young player who is on his way up and improving, it is difficult being praised to the skies.
"Everything that is said and written about him at the moment can only disturb him. Above all, it doesn't help his coach."
The defeat in Philips Stadion crushed Auxerre's dream of reaching the second round of the Champions League.
Mexes was also joined for an early bath by Olivier Kapo as PSV romped to a 3-0 triumph and Roux admits the defeat was one of the low points of his long and distinguished career.
He added: "In a coaching career, above all when it is long, all the feelings follow one another.
"I often felt a lot of joy, notably last week at Arsenal, but you also have to live nights like this one.
"It is the worst night considering my love for football and my honour. We did not have a great day, which was obvious.
"But the two sendings off redefine the problem. I want to apologise for the football, even if I should not be alone to do it.
"The nine against eleven didn't come by chance..."