Paris Saint-Germain take on the biggest surprise package of the season tomorrow with Angers making the trip to the Parc des Princes. The meeting at the Stade Jean Bousin earlier on in the campaign resulted in a 0-0 draw, which the hosts thoroughly deserved. It was almost like a victory for the minnows who were an absolute credit all game. You could not begrudge them the result.
It is amazing that a club who finished third in Ligue 2 are matching that feat in the premier division of France. Yet, a club like Troyes who were formidable in their Ligue 2 title promotion are languishing at the bottom of the table with just 8 points and practically relegated. They finished 14 points ahead of Angers as well.
Cheikh Ndoye was an unknown quantity. Signed from Creteli in the summer, nobody could envisage the impact he would have. He is a key reason for Angers’ success with five goals and an assist to boot. At 29 years of age, and playing his first ever season in France’s top flight, the Senegalese has been a colossal force in their central midfield. His performances have resulted in speculation regarding big money moves to England with West Bromwich Albion apparently mulling over a £7.5m bid.
I remember joking after our 0-0 draw with them on Twitter by saying; ‘see you in next season’s Champions League’. This is not a joke anymore, it is a distinct possibility. They are well in the frame for a top three finish and it would be quite amazing. Montpellier’s title win in 2012 was stuff of fairy tales; I think this would top it. They are a breath of fresh air. Fully deserve their success and its just great to see.
They have lost their last two games and of course we will look to capitalise on that. We are the overwhelming favourites of course. Even with a 21-point lead at the top, Laurent Blanc will be keen for this incredible unbeaten run to continue.
There were jeers from the crowd in the week during the Coupe de France game against Toulouse. As the we headed into half-time with a 1-0 deficit, the fans voiced their anger. This annoyed Blanc and rightfully so. Yes, we were under par but come on! Our season has been flawless so far, what more do some fans want?
Blanc said; “I’m a bit angry about the whistle from the stand at halftime. We are winning almost all our games and people are still not happy.”
God help us when we actually lose a game, right!