PSG take on Bordeaux on Sunday (1pm) on the 28th match day of Ligue 1. The reception at the Parc des Princes is likely to be stormy after the bitter elimination to Real Madrid in the Champions League. But Paris has never lost in recent years after a European disappointment.
Stunned by Real Madrid and knocked out of the Champions League, PSG will still have to finish the season in Ligue 1. As the supporters of the Ile-de-France club claim the heads of those responsible for Europe’s defeat, Mauricio Pochettino and his group will have to recover before the reception of Bordeaux this Sunday (13.00) during the 28th day of the championship.
As well as taking the three points against the Girondins and consolidating their status as championship leaders, Marco Verratti and Kylian Mbappe’s partners need to “catch up”. And not to shine in C1, PSG have always recovered well after a continental disappointment. Facing the discontent of the supporters and a possible protest movement in the Parc des Princes, the Paris stars would be inspired to do the same against the Girondins.
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An almost perfect balance
Apart from a draw against Rennes last season (1-1), PSG have always won after being knocked out of the Champions League at the start of the season since the 2014-15 season. On arrival, Paris has an excellent record of five wins and a draw and a total of 24 goals for just 3 against.
Only after the defeat in the final against Bayern (0-1), in Final 8 in August 2020, did the capital club fail to win in the underlying competition. But the circumstances were completely different, as PSG only started preparing for the next season after a few days off. For matches after Europe during the season, Paris has not lost since a 2014 match in Lyon (0-1) that followed a defeat to Chelsea on a goal by Demba Ba.
Big boxes, Paris likes the misclassified
Among PSG’s “victims” after the Champions League, we find in particular several candidates for maintenance as is the case for Bordeaux this season. And it often ended very badly for the opponents of the club Ile-de-France. In 2019, Dijon packed a bag (4-0) and then narrowly finished and saved himself at the end of the championship.
A year earlier, in 2018, Paris Metz (5-0) put on a manita after a European elimination… and the Moselles eventually descended to L2. Lorient lost to Paris (2-1) a few days after the Remontada in March 2017. Behind the Hakes had finished play-offs and then failed to stay with the elite.
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Caen and Lille received the biggest corrections from PSG. Between 2016, the Normans were crushed (6-0) with a double by Zlatan Ibrahimovic but finished in the top 10. René Girard’s Dogues, most notably Idrissa Gueye on the ground, were corrected by vengeful residents of Ile-de -France (6 -1 ) in the aftermath of a defeat to Barça in 2015. That day, Ezequiel Lavezzi had scored a hat-trick, but Lille then finished in an honorable eighth place in L1.
Clearly, the task ahead of Bordeaux this Sunday at the Parc des Princes seems immense. The current last in Ligue 1 will have to fight to take a point against a PSG in recapture. The Girondins have to put in a real performance against a heavily pressured Ile-de-France club. David Guion’s protégés have been warned, Paris will want to avoid the crisis and will have to do everything they can not to chain another disappointment after Madrid’s.
PSGs “after the games”
2020-21: 1-1 against Rennes on May 9 after elimination against Manchester City
2019-2020: special case of the Final 8
2018-2019: : 4-0 against Dijon on March 12, after elimination against Manchester United
2017-2018: 5-0 against Metz on March 10, after elimination against Real Madrid
2016-2017: 2-1 against Lorient on March 12, after the Remontada against Barça
2015-2016: 6-0 against Caen on April 16, after elimination against Manchester City
2014-2015: 6-1 against Lille on April 25, after being eliminated against Barça.