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Paris Saint Germain, eliminated on Tuesday in the semi-final of the Champions League by Manchester City (2-0), abandoned their European dream. But the end of the season is nonetheless hot, between the Championship, the Cup and the future of Neymar and Kylian Mbappé to be settled.
Paris SG, eliminated Tuesday, May 4 in the semi-final of the Champions League by Manchester City (2-0), gave up its hopes of a great European conquest, but its end of the season remains nonetheless busy. The club must prove itself in the Championship, in the Coupe de France and must settle the future of its two superstars Neymar and Kylian Mbappé.
There was no exploit from PSG, but the Parisian club does not have to be ashamed of having fallen against City, for months big favorite for the coronation, which will know its opponent for the final on Wednesday: the Londoners of Chelsea or Real Madrid of Zinédine Zidane.
Strong against Barça (4-1, 1-1) in the eighth, heroic against Bayern Munich (3-2, 0-1) in the next round, his players have long maintained the hope of a new final after the one disputed and lost to Bayern Munich in August (1-0), before stumbling twice on City (1-2, 0-2) .The Parisian club’s course credits the idea that the team continues to progress, but it he still has two trophies to go and find to save his season.
Ligue 1: it’s hot
This season, PSG sometimes seemed so focused on the Champions League that they forgot the fundamentals in the Championship.
Beaten eight times in 35 days, three more than the previous “record” of the Qatari era started in 2011, the Parisians are not far from the industrial accident in L1, they who have won seven of the last eight editions.
Three days from the end (75 pts), they no longer have their destiny in hand, the leader Lille being one point ahead. Behind, Monaco (71 pts) and Lyon (70 pts) seem to be left behind in the title race.
Paris must therefore win everything. Three Ligue 1 matches in Rennes on Sunday, then Reims and Brest, hoping for a Lille misstep (in Lens on Friday, then Saint-Étienne and Angers).
Coupe de France: it burns
Paris also plays its semi-final of the Coupe de France on May 12, in Montpellier. With two successes to be obtained, this is the shortest path leading PSG to a trophy, for the final scheduled for May 19.
But the road is steep. First, there is the Hérault, who have nothing more to play this season in L1, but who dream of offering the final as a farewell gift to their coach, Michel Der Zakarian.
In the event of qualification, it is Monaco which seems promised to the Parisians, the Monegasques challenging the amateurs of Rumilly-Vallières (N2) in the semi-final.
However, AS Monaco is the only French team to have beaten PSG twice this season, in the Championship.
Mercato: it smokes
On the ground, in the short term, PSG is playing big. Behind the scenes, for years to come, it’s the same story.
Sporting director Leonardo must find an agreement to extend the contracts of his superstars Neymar and Kylian Mbappé, which expire in 2022. While he declined to comment on the future of the two players, Leonardo expressed his confidence in the future: ” Things will come naturally. I feel very good, “Leonardo said ahead of the first leg against City.
For the Brazilian, the last two routes show that Paris is on the right track. For the French on the other hand, the discussions turned to the soap opera in mondovision, with Real Madrid to dangle the idea of an XXL transfer this summer, despite calls from the foot of the Parisians to stay.