The capital club welcomes Marseille this Sunday evening with the aim of reconciling with the public, still in shock after being eliminated from the Champions League.
For Paris Saint-Germain, the overload of Olympique de Marseille’s current euphoria sounds like a great opportunity for reconciliation with the portion of its supporters still angry at Europe’s defeat on Sunday (8.45pm) ahead of the classic Ligue 1.
Keep honor. Difficult to present this PSG-OM, poster of the 32nd day, as a title candidate. Even if OM won (2nd), they would be just 9 points behind PSG (1st) with six games to go.
In the standings, Marseille is looking quite behind, but it has awarded itself a joker with three lengths ahead of Rennes (3rd), minimizing the challenge of this classic a bit. “It’s the kick-start match par excellence,” warns Jean-Marc Pilorget, record holder for PSG games (435), convinced his club has everything to lose in the confrontation.
“Winning against Marseille on Sunday will be one of the more or less logical things that can calm the fans down a bit. But if it doesn’t, it could escalate, even if I don’t understand how we can get mad before a football match.” explains AFP, the champion of France 1986, first title club champion.This season PSG is on its way to its tenth coronation, a record in the name of Saint-Etienne.
Eight consecutive successes
PSG would have liked to prepare a European foursome final ten days after this game, but it is OM that is two games away from a sixth continental final, with their half against Feyenoord Rotterdam (April 28 and May 5) in the Conference League.
The Marseillais are currently on the water with an eighth win in a row in all competitions in Thessaloniki (1-0), Thursday, and a great Dimitri Payet, author of a fantastic goal in the first leg against PAOK and goalscorer again.
The new “rise” suffered by PSG in Madrid does not pass, especially as the rival, who likes to parade this C1 he won in 1993, shines on the continent. Small Europe of course with this C4, but Olympic supporters write on social networks that it is better to win a small cup than to lose the one with the big ears.
‘No time to strike’
This frustration threatens to cool the atmosphere in the Parc des Princes for the classic. The Collectif Ultras Paris (CUP) plans to continue the encouragement strike that has begun since Madrid’s elimination from the Champions League on March 9. Even the arrival of Marseille’s great rival does not loosen the teeth of some supporters.
Jonathan, a regular at the Auteuil corner, “disagree with them”, PSG-OM, “it’s our last sensation of the season, it’s not the time to strike”, AFP said.
“I understand the discontent, I share it, I paid 400 balls and took two days off to go to Madrid (note: where PSG lost 3-1). But now it’s time to convince (Kylian) Mbappe to He said he was unhappy that Messi and Neymar were called, it might make him happy that the Park showed their support,” added the 39-year-old supporter. “And then it starts to play well, even if it is it’s too late of course, but we’re starting to see a little complicity between Messi, Ney and Mbappe,” concludes Jonathan.
Mauricio Pochettino also argued for reconciliation. The supporters ‘can demonstrate, protest as they please, we are in a democracy, but I hope they can put their anger aside, I think it is good to show the image of unity for 90 minutes, in France and across worldwide. Let them manifest themselves in the best way, without violence, and with constructive criticism,” asks the coach.
In any case, the Argentinian does not skimp on the bet and sells the poster. “When I signed as a player for this club 21 years ago, I understood that it was a special game,” he recalls. As PSG captain and now coach, Pochettino knows that “Sunday is not one game left” and that “more than three points are at stake”. Especially the search for a little forgiveness among the supporters.
Olympique de Marseille supporters will not be able to travel to Paris on Sunday for the Ligue 1 classic against Paris SG, according to a decree from the Ministry of the Interior published in the Official Gazette on Saturday. This decision, common for matches between PSG and OM, historical rivals in the French football championship, is justified mainly by “hostility” and “strong antagonism” between the supporters of the two clubs. The last PSG-OM classic in the presence of supporters of both teams dates from February 28, 2018 and “eight police officers were injured” that day, the decree underlines.