At Paris Saint-Germain, even victory turns into trigger for remorse. The truth is, if PSG at some point desires to be enthroned in European soccer, perfection might be important. The slightest deficiency is paid for in money. This Wednesday, November 2 proved it once more. Winner of Juventus in Turin (1-2), the capital membership accomplished a profitable Champions League group stage: 4 wins and two attracts. Higher, it’s the solely membership of the 5 main championships of the Outdated Continent nonetheless undefeated because the begin of the season, twenty video games with out conceding the slightest defeat in all competitions.
And but, the Ile-de-France employees ought to have some complications whereas ready for the draw for the knockout phases of the C1, Monday, November 7. The fault of an unbelievable state of affairs which noticed the Parisians end in second place of their group, capped on the wire by Benfica Lisbon, clear winner of Maccabi Haifa (1-6). A place that exposes Christophe Galtier’s males to a European cador as quickly because the event resumes in February.
Knowledgeable by his midfielder Marco Verratti of the sixth Lisbon aim which carried the blow, the Parisian technician ended the assembly trying tense. “That is the historical past of the Champions League: they are saying it is an irrational competitors, tried to place the celebration in perspective on the Canal + microphone after the ultimate whistle. To go so far as attainable, it’s important to beat the massive groups. We’ll see what occurs within the draw. » Nonetheless, with potential opponents like Manchester Metropolis, Actual Madrid, Bayern Munich and even Naples, the duty guarantees to be tough.
Gala evenings and disillusioned tomorrows
With excellent equality within the variety of factors, targets scored and conceded, with parity scores in direct confrontations (1-1), the Lisbon individuals received the photo-finish in favor of the variety of targets scored in opposition to exterior. A singular case within the fashionable historical past of the Champions League, which however confirms a relentless: PSG is a group aside, the place the unthinkable turns into attainable. Between gala evenings and disillusioned tomorrows, he has by no means accomplished half measures since his return to the queen of European competitions in 2012.
Most people remembers the “raised” – time period entered within the Larousse in 2021 – Barcelona within the spherical of 16 of 2017. Winners 4-0 within the first leg, the Parisians took the door of C1 at the price of a 6-1 defeat within the return. Paradoxically, it was the identical rating that led PSG to second place in Group H on Wednesday. A PSG sufferer this time of a “recovered by proxy”.
If the epilogue of the group stage appears merciless, sure particulars additionally recommend that Paris has its share in its lack of success. As in earlier seasons, the capital membership confirmed off its capacity to alternate between the excellent and the disappointing.
Air holes that value dearly
Throughout his three residence video games, Christophe Galtier’s males typically bordered on perfection, within the wake of an attacking trio Messi-Neymar-Mbappé which delighted the Parc des Princes. However as for a decade, Paris struggles to kill the wounded beast and leaves it alive. This was the case within the first match in opposition to Juventus Turin, overwhelmed solely 2-1, regardless of a transparent superiority and lots of harvested alternatives. Throughout its six group matches, PSG displayed sure limits on fragments of the sport when its opponent pushed the depth slider.
As within the double confrontation with Benfica, in opposition to whom Paris was by no means capable of win, alternating high-flying sequences – like Lionel Messi’s aim in Lisbon, concluding an excellent collective motion – and air pockets that have been costly on arrival. Amongst them, the 2 targets conceded in opposition to Haifa at residence (7-2) on careless errors, or the greater than avoidable penalty conceded to the Lisbon individuals on the Parc des Princes. A gathering which had, in reality, resulted in a draw and which weighs closely at this time within the steadiness sheet of the Parisians.
Comparable moments of hesitation value the capital membership their qualification for the Champions League quarter-finals in opposition to Actual Madrid final season, with PSG conceding three targets within the house of 1 / 4 of an hour. Since 2012, Paris has completed second in its pool 4 occasions. And he managed to move the eighth twice. “We’ll watch the draw and we’ll play to win”, guarantees Kylian Mbappé. A sentence which confirms that the striker and decisive passer of the night – a time introduced when leaving for the winter switch window – might be current in February 2023 for a knockout match which can undoubtedly situation the way forward for the star within the capital.