Four days after their resounding elimination from the Champions League, PSG face Bordeaux on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Parc des Princes for the 28th day of Ligue 1. A return to current affairs which promises to be difficult because the team remains on the disappointment on Wednesday, and the welcome from the supporters is likely to be icy.
It’s back to business as usual for Paris Saint-Germain. PSG have an obligation to show a completely different face on Sunday, against Bordeaux at the Parc des Princes (1 p.m.), for the 28th day of Ligue 1, four days after their premature elimination from the knockout stages of the Champions League against Real Madrid on Wednesday night. And it is enough to listen to the Argentine coach Mauricio Pochettino to understand that Paris is still hungover. “How do I feel? Not good. I feel unwell because, in the analysis of the match, both here and during the first 60 minutes in Madrid, the team was superior”, he explains at a press conference.
“We have to get out of it, and get a result on Sunday”
“I don’t feel it. Finding sleep at night is difficult. I have rage”, confides the tactician, still physically scarred, who looks at the horizon: “Wearing this jersey is a responsibility. It’s a moment complicated for everyone. But we have to get out of it, and get a result on Sunday.” This Sunday therefore, the club of the capital receives Bordeaux, red lantern of the championship, to try to turn the page. “The disappointment is very big,” continues Mauricio Pochettino.
“It’s normal that we don’t have the best energy. But the responsibility is enormous: that of ending the season in the best way. We know that we have to win the title”, advances the coach, whose team is firmly established in first position.
The rift between leaders and supporters
If the Argentinian coach Mauricio Pochettino underlines the possibility of winning “the tenth title in 50 years” for PSG, the elimination of the Champions League remains in everyone’s mind, including those of the supporters. The group should not seek solace or encouragement from the stands on Sunday. On the contrary, the Parisian ultras should make their dissatisfaction known in different ways, they who are now demanding the head of President Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who is no longer the man for the job in their eyes.
“It will be the atmosphere that our supporters want. We understand their disappointment. They can express their feelings”, evokes Mauricio Pochettino. The tension was also palpable in recent days around the Camp des Loges de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, the training ground for PSG players, where the security system had been reinforced.