Paris Saint-Germain may have won the league but that will not deter them from wanting to put on a show against AS Monaco tomorrow night.
Les Parisiens are on cloud nine and have a mouth watering Champions League quarter-final with Manchester City to look forward to at the start of April. The only real blemish of late is Gregory Van der Wiel’s fine from the club after he had a blazing row with Zlatan Ibrahimovic during half-time at Troyes last weekend. The full-back would subsequently storm out of the dressing room. It looks nothing more than a storm in a teacup and peace has been restored but that has not stopped the club from disciplining him.
Coach Laurent Blanc confirmed that in this afternoon’s pre match presser by saying; “He was sanctioned by the club but I have not sanctioned him on a sporting basis. He will be part of the squad (for tomorrow). He was not selected by the national team, unfortunately for him, so he will be training with us next week.”
The gaffer is under no illusions that the team cannot rest on their laurels. He will see each league game as preparation for the domestic cups as well as the European ties with City. Tomorrow of course will be our first home game since capturing the title last weekend. He wants his players to put on a show for the fans whilst looking to break the total-points record that we already possess. As quoted by the club’s official site he said; “I hope we play well and give our fans something to cheer about because they have been there for us all season. That’s been our aim since the first day of the season and we see no reason to change. We want to score goals and entertain. The aim is to show that we have dominated the league from start to finish. I’m not a fan of records, but I would like to beat one, which is already in our possession, the most points in a season (89). It would be great to get passed the 90 mark.”
Monaco will have something to say about that. Even though we have not had a challenger this season, they are the next best thing to us in the league. The principality club sit in second but are a mammoth 25 points behind. They should have Champions League qualification sealed but the race for the remaining two spots is hotting up. It can be argued that there are around six or seven teams in the mix so the visitors need to keep on picking up points.
Coach Leonardo Jardim is proud of what his players have done this season. They lost key personnel during last summer so they have been in transition as such. He also paid a glowing appraisal to Paris by labelling us on par with some of Europe’s biggest names.
He said during his presser; “For me, PSG are one of the top four European teams right now. This season, they are on the level of Barca, Real and Bayern. Fifty per cent of our team changed in the off-season. You need time to construct a team but we are in second place. Not many of my players are used to playing at this high level in the table. My job is to support them.”