PSG clinch 10th Ligue 1 title in minimalist fashion with Lens draw

Paris Saint-Germain are Ligue 1 champions for the 10th time after a draw with RC Lens at the Parc des Princes on Saturday, which confirmed their last crown. A hard-fought encounter ended 1-1 after by Kevin Danso red card in the second half, a Lionel Messi special and a delay John Corentin effort which was a fitting conclusion to what has been an overall forgettable season in the capital.

This season promised so much at the start with Messi and Sergio Ramos among the new faces of Mauritius Pochettino’s side as they aim for elusive UEFA Champions League glory so far. Both were in attendance for this one and it was Messi who pulled the hosts out of a lackluster performance against a determined Lens side desperate not to lose ground in the race for Europe.

As has often been the case this campaign, individual brilliance covered up major cracks and Argentina’s second-half strike disguised an overall mediocre performance that deserved nothing more than the point it earned. A Ligue 1 title as significant as it is equal to AS Saint Etienne long-standing record, feels like the bare minimum that this Paris side was capable of this term – especially in such a disappointing way.

The scars of the last Champions League capitulation will remain for some time as they failed to reach the Champions League Cup. France final should not be neglected either. PSG were happy to defend the signings of Messi, Ramos, Gianluigi DonnarummaAshraf Hakimi and Georginio Wijnaldum last summer, so they can’t expect fans to be happy when the team fails to meet the lofty goals set by their leaders.

The fact that this latest title comes at a time of massive tension between the PSG ultras and the club is also significant given that they showed little interest on Saturday and even ensured the presence of Lensois supporters at the Auteuil end. Parc des Princes in defiance of an order from the local police. To put it simply, a Ligue 1 title is not enough to remedy the problems of this team and this club. fluent problems and fans won’t just accept more low-speed earned silverware in exchange for silence.

PSG are the ones who set the high expectations against which this team is now judged and shouldn’t feel pushed around. Their recent free-scoring form was nice, but that ultimately counts for little in a season that many won’t fondly remember, given that the pressure was off by the time the performances arrived.

The fact that superstar Kylian Mbappe wants to see sweeping changes at the club to even consider extending his contract beyond the end of this term is also indicative of the fact that some of these players are realizing they are not keeping their Part of the market. .

Will this summer bring the changes needed to heal PSG? We’ll have to wait and see, but it’s unlikely to be a process that can be completed in a matter of months, and that’s assuming the French giants’ Qatari owners even sympathize with the supporters’ frustrations.

One thing is certain: there are no better circumstances for PSG to confirm their latest title than in such a deflated way.

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