Paris Saint-Germain have done the unthinkable and made the impossible possible by securing a consecutive domestic quadruple. The critics can say whatever they like in terms of the money spent etc. It doesn’t make a difference because for any team in one of Europe’s top leagues to do what this group has done, is unprecedented. It should be applauded and marvelled. Laurent Blanc and his boys deserve all the credit in the world for an unbelievable achievement. And the 4-2 win over Marseille tonight in the Coupe de France Final to seal it was the icing on the cake.
Zlatan Ibrahimvoic – long live the king – played a massive part in that. In his last ever outing in a Parisian shirt the big Swede netted a penalty shortly after the break and assisted the man who will take the mantle next season Edinson Cavani to make it 3-1. Blaise Matuidi opened the scoring in the first few minutes of the game before Florian Thauvin equalised soon after with a long-range effort that deflected in off Thiago Silva’s leg.
Zlatan made it 4-1 ten minutes from the end to complete a brace and make it 50 for the season. His best ever tally! Michy Batshuayi would pull a consolation back in the 87th minute.
L’OM were pretty much in the ascendency for the majority of the first-half following their leveller. Les Parisiens were a little flat as our bitter rivals looked to probe. That all changed following Ibra’s penalty after the interval which put the boys in blue in complete control. The southerners never really threatened Salvatore Sirigu’s goal and the gulf in class was evident.
Give credit to the Marseille supporters who sang their hearts out for the entirety making for a spectacular atmosphere inside the Stade de France. Rivalries aside, Ligue 1 is better off with a competitive OM in the higher echelons of the table. Finishing 13th in the league for a club of their is a disaster and now face a defining summer as they look to bounce back.
Zlatan was always going to have his Hollywood ending. Not only netting a brace but given a standing ovation as he was substituted in the dying embers. Marseille were glad to see the back of him but for the PSG support, this is the end of an era. We have said goodbye to our greatest ever player! It is a sombre feeling but also a rejoicing one as he bowed out in style (as only he can).
This time last season we celebrated a campaign, which we considered our greatest ever. But, I think this tops it! Our dominance in Ligue 1 and the hunger in the squad to not rest on their laurels and retain the domestic cups really says it all. It is an incredible group!
With Ibra leaving and potentially others too such as Maxwell, it is the end of an era. What an era though! What a team! What an achievement!
Allez Paris Saint-Germain! Our greatest ever season is complete.