Another disappointment is behind Paris Saint-Germain. No matter how they finish the season in the national championship, even if they beat all the following rivals by five goals, the bitter taste of failure in the Champions League is still there.
Because for years, they threw all the cards, and bags of money, to win the "ear" cup, and they were stopped every time. The last time was last Tuesday in Manchester, where City confirmed the advantage achieved in the City of Light and went to the finals.
Only five days later the Parisians expect a very important clash with Rennes (21.00) in the French championship because the throne was shaken three rounds before the end. And nothing depends on the current champions. Mauricio Pochettino's team is currently in second place with four points behind Lille and a game less, so by the end of the season, they have to jump over every obstacle and hope that Lille will not succeed.
Hence, it is extremely important not to stumble in Rennes, which targets a place in Europe and is two points away from it. For a long time, the team from Brittany was among the "chosen ones", but a disastrous series of eight duels without a victory brought them to the seventh position.
The home team will play the card of emotional exhaustion of the PSG players, but they have a big reason believing they can achieve a positive result in the fact that they defeated PSG 2: 1 last season at home.
Mbappe and Neymar
An additional reason for Rennes' optimism is the fact that the best player of the rival, Kylian Mbappe, will not play tonight.
The Parisian star did not enter the game against Manchester City, he will skip this duel due to the accumulated yellow cards, and the Saints will be weaker for Marco Veratti and Juan Bernat. What has certainly brought peace to the house and a dose of serenity in Princes Park is the end of the saga with Neymar.
The operation was successful, the mission is over and everyone in PSG can rest. The Brazilian is not going anywhere, he kept his word. Lille unstoppably hits for the title, Paris Saint-Germain has not been pulling the strings for a long time.
The potential loss of the title would only be with the wound called the Champions League. "Of course, the players were affected by the relegation from the Champions League. That was the goal and we all react differently to failure."
"We have to turn the page, present ourselves in a good way, and win. It is not easy, but we are professionals. We have to move on. We are disappointed because the Champions League is very important for the club and the fans."
"We were so close to the final.The most important thing is to focus on what’s to come and be ready because there are three games left and anything is possible.Lille put extra pressure on us ”, Pochettino concluded.