There were times this season when we doubted that a third consecutive Ligue 1 title would make its way back through the doors at the Parc des Princes. Thinking back to the fall of last year, at one point we were struggling to win games and ended up being eight points behind Marseille who were leaders at the time. Even for then that was a huge deficit to claw back and there is no denying the Parisian supporters had more than a few doubts. Now look at us here in May! Just one result away from capturing the Hexagoal trophy for the third year on the trot. It is not bad for a club who ended a 19 year wait for a league title just two years ago.
Coach Laurent Blanc set the precedent for the trip to Montpellier tonight in yesterday’s pre-match presser. He stressed that there is an obligation at the club to win every single game and they will do their utmost to wrap the title up against a good MHSC side. LB said: “We know what we have to do on Saturday, like for every match. At Paris Saint-Germain, there is an obligation to win every match, home and away. We are heading to Montpellier to claim all three points. We know their players and their coach very well. We aren’t lacking respect for Montpellier, but we travel there with ambition, in the knowledge that we can fulfil our objectives from the start of the season. It’s a decisive match. It’s perhaps the most important match we’ve played this season”.
His players will not need to be told twice, they have been here before. It will be a tough game though. The Stade de la Mosson is a rowdy atmosphere and the 2012 champions have had a terrific season themselves. Having finished 15th last campaign and just two points above the relegation zone, Rolland Courbis’ side have consolidated at least a top-nine finish.
If we are to beat them, it will not involve Zlatan Ibrahimovic who is out with a calf strain. Marco Verratti and Thiago Motta are both suspended also. David Luiz is back however after missing the last few games. Marquinhos has been excellent in his absence so will be interesting to see what Blanc decides to do.
The form has been imperious since the start of April. The performance last week was nothing short of marvellous and if the lads can play with that sort of vigour again then they will be champions come the end of the night. If that turns out to be the case, we will be just a win away at the Stade de France in two weeks’ time from completing an unprecedented domestic treble.