Paris Saint-Germain looked shattered, out of sync and deserved their 3-2 loss away to Bordeaux this afternoon. The 120 minutes last Wednesday in West London clearly had an impact both physically and mentally with seven players who were in the first-XI starting the game.
Right from the get-go, Willy Sagnol’s instruction to his players was obvious. Press PSG! And press them high. It was a tactic that worked to their advantage as we were unable to put together a meaningful passage of play. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was isolated on his own up front for the majority of the game, particularly in the first-half. His first effort on goal – and PSG’s – came in the 34th minute.
By that time though we were 1-0 down thanks to a bullet like header from the skipper Ludovic Sane. He rose above Thiago Silva to meet a Whahbi Khazri corner with full force which gave Salvatore Sirigu no chance. It was a reminder though to put men on the posts because had there been a Parisian shirt there, it would have been cleared.
We were dealt a big injury blow after the opener with David Luiz having to go off with a hamstring injury. If that is the case, then it looks certain he will miss at least three weeks and beyond which is a major blow – especially with so many fixtures coming up. This is all the more worrying because Marquinhos was unable to make the squad with a similar problem.
After the interval we were gifted the equaliser thanks to goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso. His poor clearance and miscommunication with defender Tiago Ilori (on-loan from Liverpool) allowed Ibra to sneak in from the back and poke the ball into the net in the 50th minute.
More injury news followed and resulted in tears. Yohan Cabaye made his comeback after missing nearly a month, only to last just 10 minutes. He was visibly upset on the bench as he was consoled by Blaise Matuidi.
But, whilst he was taken off, we did not replace him. Instead we played with 10-men and subsequently conceded! Khazri completely miscued a volley in the box which fell kindly for Diego Rolan to head back across the face of goal for his teammate to nod in. Edinson Cavani eventually came on to replace Cabye but why not sooner? It was a baffling situation.
Ezequiel Lavezzi was kindly given a penalty five minutes from time as Mariano made minimalistic contact on the Argentine. Ibra stepped up to coolly convert and complete his brace.
It looked as if we would at least leave the Stade Chaban Delmas with a point but Rolan had other ideas as he eluded everyone in the box to tuck home a delicious Mariano cross in the dying embers. The Bordeaux support were in raptures in what ensured three vital points in their quest for Europa League qualification.
As for us, we got what we deserved. We never turned up against a good team that fully merited the victory. If Paris were feeling the effects from midweek they have no games to contest with until Friday where a response is needed at home to Lorient.
Lest we forget however, this was the club’s first defeat in 15 games. Hardly cause for an overreaction but a blow to our title chances no doubt.