Paris Saint Germain’s title celebrations were once again put on hold as they suffered a humiliating 5-1 loss to second-placed Lille in the Ligue 1 clash on Sunday. PSG were reduced to 10 men after Juan Bernat was sent off in the first half of the clash.
PSG were a win away from clinching the title but Lille had other plans as they burst PSG’s bubble, leaving Thomas Tuchel’s Parisians red-faced. The hosts made most of the opportunity handed to them after halftime as goals by Nicolas Pepe, Jonathan Bamba, Gabriel Magalhaes and Jose Fonte seeing Lille destroy PSG at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy.
Conceding an own goal in early in the first half through Thomas Meunier’s, Bernat equalised before being sent off for a challenge which may have not been too rash. The referee was hesitant and Lille got the better of the red card.
Thiago Silva was substituted for Thilo Keher after the Brazilian seemed to have picked up an injury. Since there on, Lille had the advantage and went out in an all-out attack against PSG, giving them their heaviest league defeat since Qatar Sports Investment took over in 2011.
Coach Tuchel was unhappy with the result. “With 10 players it became complicated, we played with sick players who should not have played. It’s not possible to have only 16 players,” said PSG’s coach in the press conference after the clash.
“This defeat shows something else, that we have shortcomings every time? On the contrary, this game shows our mentality, contrary to what everyone thinks. To win here, we would have needed more quality.”
PSG next face Nantes in the clash where a win would see Le Parisians win the title for the second time in a row. Other than the league title and the Super Cup, PSG’s hopes of European success were diminished after an astonishing loss to Manchester United in the round of 16 clash in the UEFA Champions League.
The knock out from the UCL may see their star player Neymar head back to La Liga to play for Real Madrid as Zidane has his eyes on the Brazilian along with PSG’s wonder boy, Mbappe.