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Rennes-PSG (1-1): Paris loses very big in the title race


Five days after being eliminated at the gates of its second European final in a row, the club of the capital has undoubtedly let slip the

Keep up the pressure at Roazhon Park.

And extricate himself from it convinced that everything is still possible, even the improbable.

Paris will therefore not have succeeded its bet Sunday evening on the lawn of the Stade Rennais at the end of the 36th day of Ligue 1. Paris, which hoped to prove that it had not lost reason and its national ambitions at the same time as his dreams of the continental final, Tuesday night on the lawn of the Etihad Stadium, was planted.

In large widths.

Failing to keep up with the pace imposed by its title rivals and show that it was capable of coming to curl up in the shadow of Lille, the leader, to take advantage of the slightest misconduct, PSG has no doubt abandoned its hopes of win a tenth league title at the end of the season.

Two days from the end, the draw conceded in Brittany seems to seal the fate in the title race and propel the LOSC to its fourth hexagonal coronation, ten years after the last.

This morning when he wakes up, probably with a hangover, it is three points behind the northern leader that PSG will point the tip of his nose.

May feels like a nightmare

Five days after the setback at Manchester City, these first days of May therefore look like a nightmare for the club in the capital. The day after the announcement of the extension of Neymar until 2025, the Parisian leaders had undoubtedly imagined a completely different scenario. Thought that while waiting to see the Brazilian become the main actor of the next four seasons of the Parisian soap opera, he was going to take center stage also for the Sunday night film. Missed. If she scored her eighth goal in Ligue 1, on a penalty that will no doubt be debated, the Auriverde star, orphan of a Mbappé who missed a lot, did not prevent the Parisian boat from rocking.

Too messy, too light for a match of this importance, Neymar did not, as his status and his talent require him to do, either help Paris to get its head out of the water.

On the contrary, His performance, combined with that of an offensive block too harmless in the turmoil, recalled that the real star of the Parisian season, or rather his savior, was seated in the stands last night at Roazhon Park.

And his name is… Mbappé.

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It doesn't matter whether Mauricio Pochettino appreciates Lamartine's poems or not. He knows, even more than any other since Sunday evening, that you miss only one being and everything is depopulated. In the recovery phase after his calf contracture, and in any case suspended for this 36th day, Kylian Mbappé, his status as a serial scorer and the weight of his seven goals scored during the last five days, will have missed as never at the forefront of the attack. If he first seemed happy as a kid when his Brazilian friend transformed the penalty that should have put Paris on the path to his 25th success in the league, it is with the mine of bad days that the world champion has finally left Rennes last night.

If there remains in Paris the possibility of still winning the Coupe de France (on condition of qualifying Wednesday in front of Montpellier in the semi-final), the club of the capital which, like Kimpembe, has again lost its nerves, is also in a position to lose everything. Above all, he now has two days left to keep his second place (coveted by Monaco, two points) synonymous with direct qualification in the Champions League. Not an easy task, given the catastrophic week he has just gone through.

Source: leparis

All sports articles on 2021-05-12

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