Paris Saint-Germain ended 2014 on a whimper thanks to a limp 0-0 draw at home to Montpellier last night as the boos at the final whistle told the story. From potentially ending the year as winter champions, we could find ourselves in third place by the end of today if Olympique Lyonnais pick up three points against Bordeaux.
Clearly the home support was left frustrated as they departed the Parc des Princes. We had a couple of decent chances to snatch it, notably from Edinson Cavani, but overall it just was not good enough.
Coach Laurent Blanc said post-match that the winter break will do his players good so they can “recharge the batteries” ahead of the second half of the campaign. LB said: “There were positives in our play, even if our transition was too slow and we lacked a little determination in front of goal. It wasn’t enough to beat Montpellier. The match was not complete, much like our first half of the campaign. Offensively, we didn’t do enough to win this match. We needed to make it happen and we didn’t do it. Now we need to recharge the batteries. The winter break will be good for us, both mentally and physically”.
David Luiz praised the visitors for their defensive organisation. The Brazilian said it was not for the want of trying from a Parisian perspective but MHSC proved to be a stubborn obstacle; “We tried very hard, but we were up against a very organised and defensive side,” stated DL. “As a result, we didn’t have too many chances to score. That’s football. Now we need to focus on the future. I think we played a good game, but not a fantastic game. We tried, but they defended well. Well done to them”.
We clearly dominated the match with 68% possession and five shots on target but a lack of decisiveness in the final third let us down. Rolland Courbis’ side did not even muster a single shot on target all game.
The lads will have some time off now for the Christmas break before the annual winter tour. This year it takes the club to Morocco where they will partake in a friendly with Italian giants Internazionale.
It is the first time in three years that the club has not finished as winter champions.