Paris Saint-Germain have had a rarity this week where they have not partaken in a midweek game. After a mammoth period since Christmas where the team have played literally every three to four days, the lads have had a bit of respite which was needed, especially after the Chelsea win.
That did not stop them from demolishing Stade de Reims 4-1 at the Parc des Princes last weekend and continue this unbelievable unbeaten season thus far. Just that 1-0 defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu is the only blemish on an imperious season. Even on that night against the 10-time European Cup winners, PSG deserved something for their domination. In my view, that performance was up there with the very best this season, despite the result. We made Madrid look like the away team on their own turf, it was incredible. And on top of that it was not only good for the Parisian supporters to see but also for those who follow French football. This is a side for them to be proud of as a representative in Europe.
But, the games are going to come thick and fast once again. They better not get used to that midweek break because there won’t be another for a while. Sunday, we make our first ever visit to the Parc Olympique Lyonnais. The brand spanking new home of Lyon, which opened earlier this year. With a capacity of nearly 60,000, it is a fitting home for one of France’s biggest clubs. Call me old fashioned but I am going to miss the Stade de Gerland. PSG and Lyon had some cracking encounters there over the years and that amazing 4-4 draw back in 2012 stands out as one of the best! Guillaume Hoarau’s equaliser in stoppage time resulted in amazing celebrations from those in navy blue and Carlo Ancelotti on the touchline.
Lyon, our closest title rivals last season, find themselves 34-points behind us in the table and sit in fifth place. Our dominance this season is from another level but it is an incredible fall from grace when you consider how much they pushed us in the last campaign. If we are going to be honest, Lyon should have probably won that league title. What we did was incredible and our form throughout the spring is what saw us through but they missed a golden opportunity, especially as we were playing catch up for the vast majority. Zlatan Ibrahimovic netted a vital equaliser against them – a controversial penalty which he initially missed and was ordered to retake due to encroachment from the Lyon players – to keep us within two points. Had we lost, Les Gones would have gone five points clear and who knows what may have happened with just three months left of the season.
We certainly have their number. We have met four times already this season, winning them all. We began with the curtain raiser, the Trophees des Champions. That 5-1 demolition at the Parc des Princes in the league last December and subsequently knocked them out of both cup competitions since the winter break. They have a new coach now in Bruno Genesio who took over from Hubert Fournier, not too long after that 5-1 drubbing. Their form is still very much hit and miss; coming off the back of a 1-0 defeat away to Lille (our Coupe de la Ligue Final opponents).
Yet they are just two points off a Champions League spot which is their aim along with half a dozen clubs who are all in with a shout.