I would certainly have egg on my face with a title like that and PSG were somehow to blow it in the last two games. Strange things have happened in football but there would need to be the biggest capitulation in Ligue 1 history for the inevitable not to happen. Les Parisiens are on the brink! On the brink of something quite special. After ending a 19-year wait for a league title in 2013, we are about to capture our third successive crown.
The 6-0 demolition of Guingamp and Olympique Lyonnais’ shock 3-0 defeat away to Caen means we only need a point in the last two games to get the job done. Les Gones’ capitulation in Caen was not foreseen beforehand. I am pretty certain – myself for one – thought Hubert Fournier’s men would take this to the wire but they have more or less handed us the Hexagoal trophy with that loss. We can wrap it up at the Stade de la Mosson this Saturday night against Montpellier.
Ever since we were knocked out the Champions League we have played with a real sense of freedom. I alluded to this last week, the pressure from those two games against Barcelona has been extinguished. The performance after the second-leg at home to Lille remonstrated that. Just a few days prior we were rigid, and out of sorts. It was a reality check for us but the lads have proved ever since that they are a formidable side when they play to the full capabilities. We must remember that the likes of Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are playing on another stratosphere to the rest of Europe. PSG harbours belief to get to that level someday but it will take time. The important thing was to show character from that European disappointment and the players have certainly done that. They are not letting it blemish what will be another historic season for the football club.
The chance to be the first ever French football club to win the domestic treble is there for the taking. The Coupe de la Ligue was already in the bag, as is now the title. That just leaves a date with Auxerre at the end of May in the Coupe de France. This group of players have done remarkable things but to do something unprecedented like this in the French game will be pretty spectacular. Even those great Lyon teams in the noughties did not accomplish this. PSG is on the cusp of it!
I would say let’s not get carried away but forget all that. The lads played with a swagger last Friday in that 6-0 rout. Everyone performed! Edinson Cavani has a hit a hot streak in the last few weeks! There was a hat-trick for him. There was also a brace for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. That whole debate about whether or not the two of the play together will rumble on I’m sure. However, when you look at the performance in the game you have to believe that they can. Both will be playing together for at least another season (assuming Edi stays and Zlatan leaves at the end of his contract in 2016) so we need to see more of this!
Normally it can be easy to be apprehensive until the job is complete but Paris can pop the corks on the champagne this weekend. We are facing a worthy opponent in Montpellier of course, and they will love to be the party poopers. Nevertheless, if we playing anything like we have done for the last five weeks there will be some joyous scenes on the Champs-Elysees on Saturday night!