Paris Saint-Germain are on the brink of history! Blaise Matuidi’s late winner against Evian last Wednesday means victory over Sochaux tomorrow night will retain the Ligue 1 title. The fourth in the club’s history and the first time Les Parisiens have ever retained the top division title.
It is an immensely proud achievement for the club. It is a matter of when, not if we win the title and if it happens tomorrow at the Stade Auguste Bonal then that will be superb. You could sense the relief from Blaise’s goal against a resilient Evian SIDE who went close themselves via Daniel Wass’ outrageous freekick. Thankfully, after the euphoria from the previous Saturday in the cup final, lady luck was smiling down on us. Incidentally, we could end up being champions today if Monaco fail to beat Ajaccio but it would be nice for the Parisien supporters to witness the crowning first hand on the pitch. Last year was sweet in Lyon so more of the same will be more than welcome!
Laurent Blanc – as I have said many times – deserves a huge amount of credit for carrying on the sterling work done by his predecessor Carlo Ancelotti. Still yet to sign a new contract but you feel his stock has been done the world of good following the capture of the Coupe de la Ligue. Doing a league and cup double in a debut season where he was probably fifth choice in QSI’s names to succeed Carlo is staggeringly good.
Tomorrow will not be easy though with Les Lionceaux fighting for their lives to avoid relegation. Blanc rang the changes on Wednesday against Evian so bar the absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, we should be pretty much at full strength.
Away from football, yesterday the news broke of the tragic death of former FC Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova. The 45-year-old crossed paths with Les Parisiens just last season in the UEFA Champions League. At a time like this the football world unites and PSG rightfully released a statement saying:
‘All the players, staff members, coach, directors & partners of Paris Saint-Germain remember his strength and elegance during his suffering. The club would like to express to FC Barcelona, his friends, and above all his family their heartfelt condolences.’
May you rest in peace Tito. Condolences to your family, friends and FC Barcelona.