It has been a week of reflection for Paris Saint-Germain. One to savour! The crowning of a third consecutive league title last weekend was greeted with joyous scenes in the Stade de la Mosson as well as back in the capital itself as supporters took to the streets to revel in the victory! The club has been emphasising the achievement of winning FIVE league titles this week on PSG TV but to capture three on the bounce after ending a 19-year hiatus just two years ago is a marvellous feat.
The season is not over though! The chance to become the first ever French club to win a domestic treble is well and truly in sight. A week on Saturday we will bring down the curtain along with Ligue 2’s Auxerre at the Stade de France in the French cup final. Our opponents will take encouragement from last year’s winners Guingamp as underdogs and will do their utmost to upset the Parisian apple cart. But we have a wonderful opportunity to round off a quite incredible season. It has not all been plain sailing of course but the form since the turn of the year has been excellent and in particular the roll we have been on since the start of April has been nothing short of imperious.
Coach Laurent Blanc will give his pre-match presser later today but what a week it has been for him. I have been a staunch defender of LB ever since he took over. He has been treated shoddily at times by the French press but he has come out of it as PSG’s most successful ever coach! It is quite incredible for a man who was practically sixth choice to replace Carlo Ancelotti just under two years ago to have cemented a legacy at the football club.
He was named Ligue 1 Coach of the Year on the back of the title victory and was as humble as ever. He said upon receving his away last Sunday; “First of all I would like to congratulate the other nominated coaches. They also deserve this award. Well done to them. I share this award with the players and I associate this accolade with the rest of my coaching staff, the medical staff and the Paris Saint-Germain directors. I will put it in the trophy cabinet! I’m very happy, but the season isn’t finished yet!”
And he is right! Not just with the cup final but there is a chance to make history tomorrow by setting a record of nine consecutive Ligue 1 victories and finishing the season unbeaten at the Parc des Princes!
Our opponents Stade de Reims have come out of their wretched form during the last few months with two back to back victories that consolidated their top flight safety. We kicked off the season against SDR with an entertaining 2-2 draw! We even fell behind at one point after Zlatan Ibrahimovic missed an open goal. Amazing to think that was all the way back in the summer of last year as we are about to bring the Ligue 1 season to a close.