Today is the day that Paris Saint-Germain can put to bed the most domineering title win in Ligue 1 history. Victory over Troyes will cement a fourth consecutive league championship and to do it so early in March really does beggar belief.
Without sounding obnoxious, this title has been won since the back end of last winter. Laurent Blanc’s men have been ruthless unlike previous seasons gone by, particularly in the last campaign where we blew hot and cold for the vast majority. Captain Thiago Silva even admitted recently that the players did not treat certain games with the right ‘respect’ as they hyped themselves more for the big European nights. The mind set has been completely different this time around.
It has been a poor league in terms of title contenders but PSG can only beat what is put in front of them. The likes of Lyon, Marseille and Monaco have all been inconsistent which as allowed Les Parisiens to really go for the jugular.
I have said many times this season that Angel di Maria has taken us to another level. His signing has given the team an added dimension, not only from the wide area but also in the middle when he comes inside. ADM is a world-class talent! He had a huge influence at Real Madrid during their European Cup winning season in 2014. For whatever reason, things did not work out in Manchester, which is of no concern to us. What he’s doing at present in a Parisian shirt is what matters!
He will be involved tomorrow of course unlike Blaise Matuidi and Marco Verratti who are both not in the squad. Laurent Blanc confirmed this in his pre-match presser yesterday by saying; “Marco and Blaise will not be in the squad. They need to rest. We managed to play Blaise in the Champions League, but we won’t be taking any more risks.”
Verratti’s absence is becoming a common occurrence and the gaffer was keen to elaborate on the situation. As quoted by the club’s official site he said; “We did everything we could to get Marco ready for the Chelsea game. His injury is not a serious one, but it’s one that needs rest. We will do everything to ensure he can play for us and the Italian national team. This isn’t the first time he’s suffered from this problem. This time it is a chronic problem that needs rest and treatment. A lot of players have suffered this type of injury and it always clears up.”
With all due respect to Troyes if we not do beat them this afternoon it will be a massive disappointment. The promoted side are as good as relegated. They sit bottom of the league with just 14 points and 19 adrift from safety. Mohamed Bradja’s men have also lost the last three including a 3-1 defeat away to Monaco. The principality club’s failure to beat Stade de Reims on Friday night has allowed us this opportunity to seal a sixth Ligue 1 title.
Monsieur Blanc is keen to win it today at the Stade de l’Aube with eight games to play. With a Champions League quarter-final to come as well as domestic cup games, LB said; “Paris has played its own championship. A lot of other teams have struggled to go with us, but two matches against Paris only equals six points, so the others have lost other points along the way. I hope we can win the league with eight games left to play. It will be very hard to better in the future. We’ll try to win tomorrow, and if we do, it we will be able to say that we’ve done a really great job. I think it will be great to be crowned tomorrow because we reach our objective with eight games left to play. It will allow us to calmly prepare for the rest of the season.”
Following the 2-1 win at Chelsea during the week, the boys are absolutely buzzing! They should get the job done today – bar a calamity. Any title win is sweet and even though this has been on the cards for a while, the Champs-Elysees will be a sea of blue and red as always!