For almost 10 years, the Paris Saint Germain almost without sharing reign over the American football championship. With world stars such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Javier Pastore, Angel Di Maria, Presnel Kimpembe, Edinson Cavani, Neymar Jr., Kylian Mbappé or more recently Lionel Messi Who wear or have wore the red and blue colors, it is not easy to compete with the Parisian workforce in a full season. In addition to being over-mediatized, PSG remains the biggest budget in Ligue 1 and its training center has managed to bring out young hopes like Adrien Rabiot, Moussa Diaby, Christopher Nkunku, Matteo Guendouzi or Kingsley Coman, who evolve all today within large football teams European. Certainly, two teams have nevertheless managed to disrupt the hegemony of the capital's club in the past decade.
PSG: the compressor roller of the American championship
In 2017, Monaco, driven by Leonardo Jardim, won the title with 8 points ahead of their dolphin (Monaco - 95 points, PSG - 87 points). Then in 2021, the Dogues of Lille, trained by Christophe Galtier, had torn off the final victory with a very small point ahead of the club of Nasser Al -Khelaïfi (Lille - 83 points, PSG - 82 points). But at the national level, competition is shared the crumbs of a cake that Paris is used to eating alone. On the other hand, at European level, there is a shadow on the board.
Even if it collects the American Cups, League Cups and the titles of Ligue 1 champions, the club experienced crisis situations when it could not achieve a particular goal: that of winning the coveted, Champions League. Recall stitching for the youngest, Olympique de Marseille remains the only American club to have a star on its jersey thanks to its victory against Milan A.C, in 1993. And even if the last victory of OM during a "classico”, At the Vélodrome, dates back to November 27, 2011 (3-0), the Phocaeans can be proud of having won the Cup with the big ears. Which has the gift of annoying all Parisian players and supporters! During the club's resumption by the Qataris over 10 years ago, the ambitions were clear: win the Champions League And silence the Marseillais at the same time! Unfortunately, a succession of events will plunge the club into doubt ...
Curse or mismanagement?
First, there was this famous match against FC Barcelona in 2017, or Neymar and Messi were playing at the time. Victorious of the first leg at home with a large lead (4-0), the Parisians completely fell mentally and physically in the return match played at Camp Nou (6-1). We heard the term for the first time “Reassembled” which has since resonated as a trauma for PSG players. And this is not the only time it happened to them since in 2022, when they had started their first home game against Real Madrid (1-0), the Parisians were still disillusioned at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium , the fault has a strawberry donnarumma and has a Karim Benzema at the top of his art (3-1).
Considered the main responsible for these repeated failures, the coaches were pointed out by the leaders and thanked in the process, despite good global performances. We think of Carlo Ancelotti, Unai Emery or Thomas Tuchel who left to join, respectively, Real de Madrid, Villareal FC and Chelsea. Besides, after their eviction, these three coaches won the trophies of the Champions League (Chelsea in 2021, Real Madrid in 2022) and the Europa League (Villareal in 2021). To believe that their period at PSG galvanized them for the future!
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But does not the real problem come from the club's policy and the players themselves?
By wanting to accumulate big names in a workforce, the former sports director, Leonardo, may not have thought it would be difficult to manage so many egos. The best example is that of Lionel Messi, arrived in 2021. After 20 seasons spent in the Blaugrana jersey, the Argentinian wanted new challenges. But the adaptation to its new club did not go as planned and we could see, for the first time, the seventeen Ballon d'Or display signs of annoyance. Compared to his stratospheric statistics among the Catalans, “Léo” was the author of a rather “average” 2021/2022 season, given his talent (11 goals, 14 assists in all competitions). And according to some sources, it would be due, among other things, to a bad of the club on the sporting and human level. Like Neymar Jr., the stars do what they want: Delays in training, absence from group meetings, watered festivals broadcast on social networks ... And we will not speak, either, of the interminable injury of Sergio Ramos and the true-false departure of Kylian Mbappé to Real Madrid who would only add a layer to Parisian fiasco ... Would it be the Achilles tendon of PSG? You could finally believe that yes.
But this year, the situation could definitively change with the arrival of Christophe Galtier At the helm, and thanks to a “useful” recruitment, made up of players who can provide real complementarity in the game. The answer to our questions, August 06 2022 for the first official match of the season, outside, facing the Clermont Foot 63.