Hearts were in the mouths of those affiliated to Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday night as Valenciennes took a surprise 2-0 within 11 minutes via Vincent Aboubakar and Remi Gomis. Thankfully, Carlo Ancelotti’s side reached down deep to forge back a siege that led to victory that was utterly inspiring.
It was a victory that put the club top of the table for 24 hours ahead of Montpellier due to goals scored. MHSC responded with an impressive 2-0 win away to Rennes to uptake their place back at the summit and set up their clash with current champions Lille this weekend nicely. They themselves know that a win at the Stade se la Mosson will put them just two points shy of La Paillade and will still be very much in this title race if three points are acquired.
As for ourselves, we take on Stade Rennes who were humbled by MHSC at the weekend and Les Parisiens will be hoping to do something similar at the Parc – the final home game of the season. It is quite simply a must win if a third Ligue 1 title is to make its way back to the capital. If MHSC do beat Lille and we fail to pick up three points, they will be champions. Nevertheless, with them travelling to bottom of the table Auxerre on the final day of the season they will indeed fancy their chances of securing their first domestic crown even if they share the spoils with Eden Hazard and Co.
This weekend is a real test for all three clubs to demonstrate the character and desire to siege towards glory. Lille have been there and done it but for ourselves and MHSC, this is a whole new scenario to us both. Although our club has a more than creditable history, we have not found ourselves in a position like this for some time. With just two games to play there is a more than realistic chance at clinching the title. Whatever happens, it will be the club’s best league finish since 2004 when we finished runners-up and three points behind Olympique Lyonnais.
Nene, who was once again instrumental on Sunday told the club’s Official Site that he believes the team will go on win the championship. He is under no illusion that maximum effort is needed to be exerted in order for it to happen and will do his utmost along with his teammates. He said; “This evening (Sunday), it was a fantastic match and really great fun to be a part of, ending with a great win. I’m very happy to have scored but also to have delivered two assists, because it’s always great to help out your teammates like that. I think we are going to win the championship, at least, we are going to do everything we possibly can to make it happen and give 200 per cent in our last two games.”
With it being the penultimate weekend of the season, it may well determine a champion or give us a better idea as to who will go on and take the spoils on the 20th May. Whatever happens, PSG have done brilliantly as of late to salvage a title race that looked dead and buried after the defeat to Lille. Now they’ll be hoping Rudi Garcia’s side do them a favour whilst putting Rennes to the sword who will have Mevlut Erding lining up alongside his former club. Hopefully for PSG’s sake, his sale will not come back to haunt them.