PSG left to chase Lille for Ligue 1 title after Champions League exit


Paris Saint-Germain are out of the Champions League and there’s a hazard that for as soon as they’ll miss out on the French title too as they head into the weekend nonetheless trailing leaders Lille.

With three video games remaining PSG are some extent behind Lille, the chance that Mauricio Pochettino may fail to ship any main silverware in his first half-season in cost an actual one.

That may not replicate nicely on Pochettino, particularly as the person he changed, Thomas Tuchel, has taken Chelsea to the Champions League closing and the FA Cup closing in little over three months on the London membership.

Pochettino solid a repute as one of the proficient coaches in soccer regardless of not successful any trophies at Espanyol, Southampton or Tottenham Hotspur.

When he lifted the Champions Trophy, the French equal of a Tremendous Cup, in his third recreation with PSG in January, he credited Tuchel for the victory.

But if PSG fail to win Ligue 1 will probably be seen as his duty, and as PSG once more getting it improper by deciding to sack a coach mid-season — the final time, in 2011/12, they have been prime when Antoine Kombouare was sacked in December and changed by Carlo Ancelotti, solely to complete second to Montpellier.

However, PSG may additionally nonetheless finish the marketing campaign with a home double.

They go to Montpellier within the French Cup semi-finals subsequent Wednesday and earlier than that journey to Rennes on Sunday, by which era they’ll know the result of Lille’s recreation at Lens on Friday.

Pochettino will even hope they’ve their Champions League semi-final defeat by Manchester Metropolis out of their system once they take to the sector at Roazhon Park.

“Unfortunate, dissatisfied, unhappy, however we now have two competitions left to play. It is tough now to be optimistic however we have to be optimistic and robust mentally,” Pochettino stated in midweek.

PSG have been with out Kylian Mbappe resulting from damage in opposition to Metropolis and he’ll once more be absent in Rennes as he serves a suspension.

That is the hardest remaining league recreation for the Parisians as they chase an eighth French title in 9 seasons.

After Rennes they face Reims and Brest, hoping to benefit from any slip-up by Lille.

“I feel Paris will win their final three league video games, so we might want to do the identical if we wish to keep prime,” warned Lille coach Christophe Galtier.

Participant to look at: Jeremy Doku

Nonetheless simply 18, Doku was seen as one of the thrilling younger attackers in Europe when he joined Rennes for a reported 26 million euros ($31.3m) from Anderlecht final summer time. Already a full Belgian worldwide, Doku didn’t have the simplest of begins however not too long ago scored his first two Ligue 1 objectives and is starting to point out why he’s so extremely rated.

Based on Opta he has accomplished extra dribbles than another participant in France this season, together with Neymar, and he may maintain the important thing to Rennes beating PSG on Sunday.

Key stats

19 – Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan has saved probably the most clear sheets in Europe’s 5 main leagues this season. He’s reportedly on his approach to AC Milan in the summertime.

30 – The share of video games Lyon have gained with out star man Memphis Depay of their beginning line-up because the starting of final season, in response to Opta. He’s suspended in opposition to Lorient on Saturday.

14 – Nantes have gone a membership report 14 residence video games with out successful. Failure to beat Bordeaux would all however condemn the eight-time champions to a bottom-three end.

Fixtures (GMT)


Lens v Lille (1900)


Nantes v Bordeaux (1100), Lyon v Lorient (1500)


Saint-Etienne v Marseille (1100), Angers v Dijon, Metz v Nimes, Good v Brest, Strasbourg v Montpellier (all 1300), Reims v Monaco (1505), Rennes v Paris Saint-Germain (1900)




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