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

Paris Saint-Germain is Ligue 1 champion for the tenth time equaling a record after a draw with RC Lens at the Parc des Princes on Saturday, which confirmed his latest crown. A close match that ended 1-1 after by kevin danso red card in the second half Leo Messi special and late corentin jean effort that was a fitting conclusion to what has been an overall forgettable season in the capital.

This season promised a lot at the beginning with Messi and Sergio Ramos among the new faces Mauricio Pochettino’s side were aiming for hitherto elusive UEFA Champions League glory. Both were present for this one and it was Messi who pulled the hosts out of a lackluster performance against a determined Lens desperate not to lose ground in the race for Europe.

As has often been the case this campaign, individual brilliance has plugged significant cracks and the Argentine’s second-half goal disguised a lackluster overall display that deserved no more than the point it won. A Ligue 1 title, as significant as AS Saint-Etienne a long-standing record, it feels like the least this Parisian team was capable of doing this term, especially in such disappointing fashion.

The scars of the last capitulation of the Champions will remain for some time without being able to reach the Coupe de France end should not be overlooked either. psg happy to champion the signings of Messi, Ramos, Gianluigi DonnarummaAchraf Hakimi and Georginio Wijnaldum last summer, so they can’t expect fans to be satisfied when the team falls short of ambitious goals set by their leadership.

The fact that this latest title comes at a time of heightened tension between PSG ultras and the club is also significant given that they showed little interest on Saturday and even ensured that Lens supporters were present at the Auteuil end of the Parc des Princes defying a local police Order. Simply put, a Ligue 1 title is not enough to remedy the situation for this team and club. Current problems and fans will not simply accept more trophies won at low speed in exchange for silence.

PSG are the ones who have set the high expectations by which this team is now judged and you shouldn’t feel bad. His recent scoring free form has been nice, but it ultimately counts for little in a season many will not remember fondly, given that the pressure was off by the time the performances came.

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 also betrays the fact that some of these players realize they are not living up to their end of the contract. deal. .

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

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