On Saturday, PSG finally became champions of Ligue 1 thanks to a magnificent long-range strike from Lionel Messi.
When Mauricio Pochettino’s team stumbled to a 1-1 draw against RC Lens, the Parisians knew they had secured a record-tying 10th title.
Even though Messi’s goal was cancelled out by Corentin Jean’s, his outside-the-box curling attempt was a memorable way to cap off his first league title at PSG, even though the supporters had been less than delighted with the squad all season.
Many were dissatisfied with PSG’s season because the team was eliminated from the Champions League in a shocking 16th-round loss to Real Madrid.
This Past Week has been Exciting Even for Paris Saint-Germain.
It all started last Wednesday, when PSG capitulated again in the Champions League.
The recent collapse against Real Madrid, in which PSG gave up three goals in 27 minutes to toss away a 2-0 aggregate advantage, was different from the earlier implosions against Barcelona and Manchester United in one essential respect: it wasn’t particularly surprising.
Inaction from goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma led to the first of three goals scored by Karim Benzema, sealing PSG’s fate. Even with that certainty, it was still disturbing to watch, like peeking at a horror film through your fingers.
A big portion of PSG fans turned on their own players in the 3-0 win against Bordeaux on Saturday, the sequel to that horror display. The majority of the team received a cold reception from the Parc des Princes fans during the game, with some players getting an even cooler reception than others.
The Team Won 24 Games Out of 34, Tied 6 Times, and Lost Only 4.
This was enough to reclaim the crown from Lille. The Parisians have the greatest offence in the league, scoring 76 goals to put them 15 points ahead of second-place Marseille. This comes as no surprise given the talent of Messi, Kylian Mbappe, and Neymar, who all start up front for the club.
Pochettino’s squad is second in the league in goals against average and has allowed 31 goals this season, only one more than Nice.
Pochettino remarked before the Lens game, “I’ve never let the rumours that have followed me throughout my football career get to me.” Want you, I don’t like to weigh in on rumours.
When I was manager of Southampton, Tottenham, and Paris Saint-Germain, I gave my everything. Just ignore the rumours for the time being; they’re just that, rumours.
We’re well aware of their existence and constant production. We are dedicated to our duties at the club as always.
Despite being under early pressure, PSG came alive after 20 minutes when an interchange involving Messi, Kylian Mbappe, and Neymar nearly paid off with a low attempt from inside the box that went just wide.
While the home side stepped up the pressure, with Achraf Hakimi being denied by Jean-Louis Leca and Mbappe missing two clear chances, Lens posed a threat with Seko Fofana and Jonathan Clauss.