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

Sat, Apr 23, 2022
Soccer News (AP)

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

Paris Saint-Germain are Ligue 1 champions for a record-equaling 10th time after a draw with RC at Parc des Princes on Saturday, which confirmed their latest crown. A hard-fought encounter finished 1-1 after second-half red card, a special and a late effort which was a fitting conclusion to what has been a forgettable season overall in the capital.

This season promised so much at the start with Messi and among the new faces in Pochettino's squad as they targeted so far elusive UEFA Champions League glory. Both were present for this one and it was Messi who broke the hosts out of a mediocre showing against a determined Lens side desperate not to lose ground in the race for Europe.

As has often been the case this campaign, individual brilliance has papered over significant cracks and the Argentine's second-half strike disguised a mediocre overall display that did not merit anything more than the point it earned. A Ligue 1 title, as significant as it equals AS long-standing record, feels like the bare minimum this Parisien team were capable of this term -- especially in such underwhelming fashion.

The scars from the latest Champions League capitulation will remain for some time while failing to reach the Coupe de final should also not be overlooked. were happy to champion the signings of Messi, Ramos, , Achraf Hakimi and last summer so they cannot expect the fans to be satisfied when the team falls short of the ambitious goals set by their leadership.

The fact that this latest title comes at a time of massive tension between PSG's 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 Parc des Princes in defiance of a local police order. Simply put, a Ligue 1 title is not enough to remedy this team and club's problems and the fans will not simply accept further silverware earned at low gear in exchange for silence.

PSG are the ones who have set the high expectations which this team is now being judged against and should not feel hard done by. Their recent free scoring form has been enjoyable, but it ultimately counts for little in a season that will not be remembered fondly by many, given that the pressure was off by the time the performances arrived.

The fact that superstar Kylian Mbappe is wanting to see sweeping changes at the club to even consider extending his contract beyond the end of this term is also telling about the fact that some of these players realize that they are not holding up their end of the bargain.

Will this summer bring the required changes to heal PSG? We will have to wait and see but it is unlikely to be a process that can be completed in a couple of months, and that is assuming that the French giants' Qatari owners even sympathize with the supporters' frustrations.

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

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