As in 2017, the Parisians have been stripped of their French championship title. An event that does not bring them down for all that.
For the third time since the arrival of QSI in Paris Saint-Germain, the club of the capital is not crowned champion of France. And the least we can say is that the Francilians can have big regrets. In a season marked by an overloaded calendar and the management of Covid-19, Paris managed to stay in the game, despite eight defeats in the league, before finishing a small point behind the champion Lille.
Questioned after the match won in Brest (2-0), Nasser Al-Khelaïfi tried to save face by saying that a championship is never won in advance, even for the Parisian ogre. “It’s true that if we want to win the championship, we must never have eight defeats. It was really close. Every year, people tell me ‘Ligue 1 is easy’. This year, it was not easy at all. It was very tight between three, four teams. Every game was tough, the championship is not easy at all.”
Pochettino looks back at the 8 defeats.
For his part, Mauricio Pochettino also recalled that PSG had signed a marathon season in France, but also in Europe. However, the Argentine technician still thought about those matches that cost him dearly in the end. Namely those eight defeats, including those against candidates for maintenance as Lorient (2-3) and Nantes (1-2), and those at the Parc des Princes against title candidates such as Lyon (0-1), Monaco (0-2) and Lille (0-1).
“Yes, in these moments, we remember the matches we lost, those where we did not take the three points, but we must also talk about the context. We played this season being qualified on all the tables. This is the first time in history that the club has managed to fight in all competitions during such a difficult period. We lacked the strength to win the games that make you win the championship. Disappointed to have failed by one point. We were very close and it got away from us by one point. Sad, disappointed, but I always look to the future with optimism.” See you on July 5, the date of the resumption of the Francilians.