PSG exhibits crown, but celebrates with nuances

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PSG exhibits crown, but celebrates with nuances

The first thing that comes to mind is that the red and blue club was not shaped by the millions of euros from Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) to settle for the French crown, and the new failure in the conquest of Europe, in particular the cup “Orejona” from the Champions League, spoils the toast with champagne, whether they want to admit it or not.

The French domestic tournament has been an easy prey for the Parisians in the last decade, who have conquered it eight times in that period, to equal last night, after the 1-1 draw against Lens, the weak Saint-Etienne in the historical top of season winners.

In reality, the Argentine technical director Mauricio Pochettino did not do well in the 2021-2022 campaign, since he was also unable to lift the French Cup or the Super Cup, sufficient reasons for his position to be in danger.

But is Pochettino the only one responsible? Clearly not, since the galactic trident Kylian Mbappé-Lionel Messi-Neymar was far from being a decisive factor as everyone thought, shining as a trio only in the last stages of the season about to expire.

The honorable exception was the native of Bondy and protagonist of the “soap opera” I’m going to Madrid or I’m still at PSG, who after 34 of the 38 dates played leads the scorers (22) and assists (14) in France, in addition to scoring six times in the Champions League, including the only two goals for his team in the round of 16 against the merengue executioner.

It would be enough to look at Messi’s numbers in Ligue1, with four goals in 22 games, and although his 13 decisive passes somewhat mask the debacle, the truth is that “La Pulga” did not meet expectations after his spectacular career at Barcelona ; and perhaps to be more fair, it should be said that “Leo” did not adapt to the City of Light club.

“Champion of France, but not king of hearts”, the newspaper Le Figaro headlined its comment on the PSG title the day before, while the sports publication L’Équipe framed in one of its articles the conquest of the crown in “a chilling indifference ”.

However, there is nothing more lapidary than reading the statement from the faithful and brave Ultras Paris Collective, the master and lord of the already famous Auteuil Tribune in the Parc des Princes, who called last night to celebrate the championship in the 75th minute outside the stadium , making it clear that in the campaign only the fans were up to the task.

All pride, the extraclass Mbappé met the criticism and disappointments, stating that they are happy with the tenth title and that being champions is the most important thing.

“No one spoils my fun. We made many sacrifices, we work every day, we want to leave our name in history. There are always circumstances in a season and I’m happy to win”, he declared to the press after the 1-1 draw with Lens, which made the red and blues unattainable with four dates to go.

Mbappé reiterated that nothing has been decided about his future, and in that sense the sports director Leonardo stated that the talks continue, although he admitted the possibility of the departure of the ace.

Leonardo acknowledged mistakes and launched a mea culpa about the discreet season, always emphasizing that “10 is an important figure and something to celebrate.”

We are champions, therefore we should not be sad, we have to learn from this experience to build the future, said Pochettino.

The president of PSG, the Qatari Nasser Al-Khelaifi, was not in Paris for the celebration of the title, being in Doha, an absence to comment, although it is best to avoid speculation.

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