It is still difficult to digest what transpired yesterday afternoon in the dramatic 2-2 draw at home to Caen. Letting slip a two goal lead that would have taken us to the summit of Ligue 1 for the first time this season leaves more than a bitter taste. All the more as it was down to no fault of our own but more down to a case of rotten luck as a plague of injuries meant we had to finish the game with nine men.
But, to still concede two goals in the dying embers to a team that created practically nothing for the vast majority of the game has irked the whole club. I am not just looking through PSG tinted glasses here, the team deserved to win. And we would have had it not been for those unforeseen circumstances. Still, you have to give SMC massive credit for salvaging a draw and Herve Bazile’s freekick was a beauty! They are now unbeaten in their last five which is an incredible turnaround from the promoted side. Wish them all the very best for the remainder of the season.
The result and long list of injuries has dampened spirits ahead of Tuesday’s game with Chelsea. With everything starting to look rosy in the garden again following our good run of form, we have been dealt a hammer blow with Lucas Moura, Yohan Cabaye, Marquinhos, Serge Aurier all picking up injuries which rules them out of the game (as Laurent Blanc admitted). There are even doubts over Blaise Matuidi and Maxwell. Plus, Javier Pastore has just returned to training after his calf injury.
The apparent reaction from the club after the game was a rallying cry to the fans. The club published a story on the official website with just one quoted paragraph from president Nasser Al-Khalifi saying; “Tonight was a very difficult match for us, but the players showed great spirit and fight, right up until the final whistle. We will be ready for Tuesday’s Champions League match against Chelsea and we will need all our supporters to be 100% behind the team”.
The skipper Thiago Silva also issued a plea to the fans to give their all on Tuesday at the Parc; “We need all our supporters behind us. It will be very difficult for us (against Chelsea) and I hope our supporters will get behind the team because we will need them for this crucial match. We are a lot stronger when we have our supporters pushing us on”.
Morale may be low at the moment and coach Laurent Blanc along with his players now have a couple of days to get prepped for a season defining game with the English league leaders. One thing is for certain, they will have fanatical support geeing them all the way – especially come kick-off in two days’ time.