For the 31st day of Ligue 1, PSG faces Clermont football this Saturday at 9 p.m. A clash of extremes between the Parisian club and the less wealthy team in the competition. With a budget of 20 million euros, the finances of the Clermont-Ferrand club is 25 times lower than that of PSG, so that the club does not have the means to pay for stars.
A clash of extremes at 9 p.m. this Saturday. Faced with the giant PSG, Clermont, 17th in the championship, has the poorest team in Ligue 1. With only 20 million euros, Clermont’s budget represents half of Neymar’s salary. Clearly, it is 25 times lower than that of PSG, so that the Auvergne club does not have the means to pay for stars.
The biggest salary of the team of 50,000 euros per month is for Mohamed Bayo, the striker who scored 10 goals this season, and the gondola head of Clermont. This training is led by an unknown to the general public, Pascal Gastien, 58 years old. He discovers like his team the Ligue 1 this year.
A promising Clermont club
He has the distinction of having his son Johan among his players. To save money, Clermont Foot even shares its training center with the city’s rugby club, ASM. Unlike most teams that aim to maintain, the Auvergne team likes to take risks and found itself in first place in Ligue 1 at the start of the season.
But caught up in reality, the Auvergnats now remain on four losses in a row. They signed some great successes against Rennes and Marseille and they hope this Saturday evening to create the feat against Kylian Mbappé. A star that Clermont will never have the means to pay, even by selling all its players.
“Everything is possible”
But this is not an excuse to be afraid of the stars, as explained by Pascal Gastien, the coach of Clermontois. “From the outside, we are happy. We are a sparkling team or not but in any case we play, we play to win”, he said at the microphone of Europe 1.
“So we tightened the bolts a bit. Now PSG is coming, anything can happen. Everything is possible on Saturday,” added the coach.