Not so long ago, when they were preparing to challenge Manchester City in the Champions League semi-finals, Paris Saint-Germain dreamed of a fantastic hat-trick. Still in contention in Europe, the capital club was only a small point behind the leader of Ligue 1, LOSC, and awaited its semi-final of the Coupe de France against Montpellier. But in a week, everything was swept away.
Certainly, Paris can still be champion of France (three points behind two days from the end) and win the Coupe de France. But today, the level of play displayed by cooked Ile-de-France residents rather fears an end of the season without the slightest title. Coldly beaten by Pep Guardiola’s men in the Champions League last Tuesday, Neymar’s partners dropped precious points in the title race this Sunday in Rennes (1-1).
Did Paris lose everything in a week?
In addition, there are injuries (Kylian Mbappé and Marco Verratti more recently) or suspensions (Presnel Kimpembe following his red card received in Rennes). Already heckled throughout the season by covid-19 and repeated injuries, Paris can therefore fear a blank season. And even worse. Second in the standings, the capital club has only three small points ahead of the fourth, two days from the end. See PSG be deprived of the Champions League, a disaster scenario.
“It’s a season of ups and downs. A season during which a club like PSG thought it was in a period with several goals already achieved, but that’s how it is. We’ve been here for four months, it gives us a lot of information. We came to help the team achieve their goals. We receive information to help them and make decisions for the future ”, declared Mauricio Pochettino at a press conference. But before thinking about the future, the Argentine must also think about securing the present.