Paris Saint-Germain – Girondins de Bordeaux / The “match after”, PSG have every reason to get it

The PSG knows these kinds of fears. He has cultivated the art of failure in the Champions League too much to be otherwise. The rather surreal context of his elimination on Wednesday against Real Madrid (3-1) suggests an extremely hostile reception at the Parc des Princes against Bordeaux four days later. From the management to the players handpicked after the Madrid debacle, everyone can already expect to face the fury of the Parisian public, even if Paris generally manages the after game well on the ground. The most striking examples from the past point in that direction.

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  • The match after: PSG – Caen (6-0) / April 16, 2016

There is no European disillusionment as traumatic as that of Barca or Manchester United that we will discuss below. But the Champions League quarter-final elimination against Manchester City is one of those that has left the most marks for PSG. It generally didn’t feel like the ground. Four days after their defeat at the Etihad, Paris had stunned Caen (6-0) with a double from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and goals from Blaise Matuidi, Edinson Cavani, Angel Di Maria and Maxwell. The Parisians had remained rather discreet in celebrating their goals. And for good reason…

  • The atmosphere of the match after the Parc: PSG – Caen (6-0) / April 16, 2016

Not far from freezing. Paris most often outplayed its European disappointments, the one against City was still too fresh for Paris supporters. Laurent Blanc’s name was booed when the team compositions were announced, after 3-5-2 it remained famous that the Paris coach had an exceptional draft against City. Cavani was also allowed to whistle, but other Parisian players received applause. The atmosphere was generally improved from the Paris demonstration, without reaching any height.

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  • The match after: Lorient – PSG (1-2) / 12 March 2017

Paris was on the move four days after the trauma of the ‘remontada’. At Moustoir, the Parisians had immediately returned to victory, without shining a shine. A success (1-2) thanks to goals by Benjamin Jeannot against his side (28th) and Christopher Nkunku, author on the occasion of his first goal in Ligue 1 thanks to an assist from Edinson Cavani… and a small mistake by Benjamin Lecomte , at the time the Lorient goalkeeper (52nd). The reduction of the gap by Michaël Ciani (68th) remained anecdotal. This success had enabled the Parisians to regain second place in the standings in Nice, three points behind the leader and future champion, Monaco.

  • The atmosphere of the match after in the Parc: PSG – Lyon (2-1) / 19 March 2017

We had to wait another week and the reception of Lyon at the Parc des Princes to judge the reception of the Paris supporters after this European humiliation. He’d been pretty good. With support banners (“In misfortune or in glory, true to our colors“), players applauded as they appeared on the lawn for the warm-up and tifos at kick-off. It was time for holy union instead of hostility. On the ground, PSGs It was imposed (2-1) despite the Lyon opener by Alexandre Lacazette, thanks to goals from Adrien Rabiot and Julian Draxler, on two assists from Javier Pastore.

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  • The match after: Dijon – PSG (0-4) / 12 March 2019

Paris could have benefited from six days of recovery after the Mancunian debacle. But he hadn’t digested this disappointment for so long. Despite a very clear victory over a very weak Dijon team (0-4), the gloom was still palpable in the Parisian ranks. There was no outpouring on goals from Marquinhos, Kylian Mbappe, Angel Di Maria and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. PSG had nevertheless done the job of continuing their solo lead in the championship with 17 points ahead of Lille. But the closed faces of the Parisians already announced a very sad end to the season, despite the title, in the club of the capital.

  • The atmosphere in the Park: PSG – Marseille (3-1) / 17 March 2019

For nearly two weeks, that was not enough for the Paris supporters to forget the disappointment against the Red Devils. This had previously enabled them to prepare a very hostile reception for their players. The Collectif Ultras Paris (CUP) had decided to cheer before the start of the match, leaving the usual space in the Auteuil grandstand empty for the first half hour of the match. Several banners had expressed the ire of Parisian supporters: “Dijon 0-4 PSG, watch out for the return leg”, “Respect the attitude”, “Biftons instead of the heart”, “Unlimited resources, low cost requirement”

But the most striking thing was the deafening silence in the stands. The Marseillais, who were quite used to the whistling of the park, were thus able to warm up in peace before receiving hostile chants during the game. On the pitch, the Parisians had beaten OM on the impulse of a superb Angel Di Maria, passer on Kylian Mbappe’s first goal and then author of a double, while Valère Germain had equalized for the Marseille club (3-1). The atmosphere improved slightly as the match progressed, but despite the win, the CUP left its position before the end of the match. The pill hadn’t gone off.

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