house party?

The club from the capital has the chance to win the title of champion in its history against Lens this Saturday (9:00 p.m.). It wouldn’t be a party at the Parc des Princes…

A small point. That’s all Paris Saint-Germain need to secure the title of French champions. A win or draw against Lens this Saturday (9pm CEST) during match day 34 of Ligue 1 and it’s in your pocket. Mauricio Pochettino’s men are 15 points clear of second-placed Marseille. A title? Not just any title: it would be the tenth in the capital club’s history, just like AS Saint-Etienne. Apart from the fact that after that of 2020, which was secretly celebrated because of Covid, that of 2022 will not be cause for jubilation scenes even in the bays of the Parc des Princes. A priori it would rather happen outside the fence of the Porte de Saint-Cloud…

Since the elimination against Real in the Champions League, the Collectif Ultras Paris have been grumbling loudly. Whistles and insults during the game against Bordeaux (3-0), silence and contempt since then, against Lorient (5-1) and even against Olympique de Marseille last week (2-1), during a classic too soporific on the field than on the field. The CUP, which among other things calls for a major overhaul of the org chart and respect for historical colors, is furious and hasn’t changed since. The club is deaf and, despite Romain Mabille’s return to the top, no longer wants to speak to its ultras, at least for the time being. Situation blocked, despite the warning shot from Marquinhos and the call for unity from Kylian Mbappé, the only player spared by the Ultras. “We hope they celebrate the title with us. Nobody is happy in this situation, but it would be great to have a great atmosphere in the stadium, for us to win this title and celebrate. We know that criticism is constructive. The club listens to the fans who are an important part of the club. It always has been‘ said coach Pochettino on Saturday.

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Grandstand empty after the 75th minute?

The message obviously didn’t get through. A few hours after the Paris manager’s traditional press conference on the eve of the game, the CUP issued a press release to reveal its intentions should the title actually have to be taped this Saturday. “We invite all Paris fans to celebrate the title with us in front of the Virage Auteuil from the 75th minute if the result is favorable (for PSG). We will then leave the stands to gather in front of the Virage Auteuil to celebrate the end of a season that was only for the fans.“, announces the collective. After the contempt, the empty chair. The atmosphere for Paris-SG’s tenth title would therefore be lunar.

If supporters’ dissatisfaction is so great, it’s because expectations were also high after what was quickly described as a historic transfer window last summer. Especially since the said ultras had already sounded the alarm shortly before the first leg against Real in a clash against Rennes. The Madrid slaughter therefore sounded like confirmation of their fears, not a surprise…”We stay where we are because we believe what we are asking is only for the best for the club.‘, Hammered Romain Mabille in front of PSG-OM, on the airwaves of France Bleu Paris. And to add:We still expect real elements, real changes“.

In the meantime, this tenth title will therefore be marred by this rift between the public and the club, be it this Saturday, the Sunday after the OM game or later. A title that is not due: RC Lens has its say. And Franck Haise’s side have proved all season that they are not the losers of the year… PSG had paid with a lucky first-leg draw at Bollaert (1-1). “We talk a lot about the title, but we have to respect Lens, an athletic team, well organized, with quality players who are in very good shape. We know that the game will be complicated against a team that will make it difficult for us. We have to be focused, have a lot of energy. You have not only sporting qualities, but also technical skills and a very good coach.‘ Mauricio Pochettino analyzed suspiciously before facing Blood and Gold candidates for Europe.

Nobody will emerge victorious

One thing is certain: no one will emerge victorious from this bizarre scene expected this Saturday in Paris in the event of a coronation. Not the Ultras, whose action is probably not understood by most and certainly not by the players. Not even the club, which could certainly have defuse the situation with more dialogue and openness. Last but not least, the CUP is unlikely to implement most of its demands… More than ever, we can’t wait for the end of the season at Paris Saint-Germain. One month to shoot until May 21 against Metz.

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