The Champions League remains the Holy Grail for Paris Saint-Germain, but luck seems intent to keep her away from them.
Neymar in the first half of the match against “Saint-Etienne” in the Cup of France participated in the final with a 1-0 win and a third title for PSG study, and the fourth prize will follow within seven days, if Thomas Tuchel side can win Lyon in the recent coupe de La Ligue Final.
But I continue to conquer France not mo Tuchel, because he was brought to the French capital by 2018 to rule the continent.
The success of the Champions League forever slipped away from PSG, despite their Qatari owners Assembly part that remains the envy of most its rivals.
Indeed, in the first two years after Neymar and Kilian Mbappe was brought to Paris, at great cost in 2017 – 16 was the last hurdle they cannot clear.
There was a mitigating factor in both years – the loss of Neymar to premature injury.
Between the first and second legs against real Madrid in 2018, the world’s most expensive player with a broken metatarsal, ending his domestic season in February, as PSG suffered a 5-2 aggregate loss to eventual Champions League winner.
Last year it was because of an ankle injury that will miss Neymar as “Manchester United” completed an improbable comeback on “Parc des princes”, when the penalty Marcus Rashford sealed the win on away goals.
This season it must be different. PSG have already passed the last-16 hurdle, showing character, many thought that they may not possess, defeating Borussia Dortmund despite the defeat in the first match.
Previously locked up Neymar and Mbappe were fit and firing. PSG will be a walk in Lisbon in August as the freshest team at the end of the 2019-20 season in League 1 to be stopped in March.
The draw has given reason for optimism, too. Real Madrid, Manchester city, Barcelona and Bayern Munich were all on the other side. Defeated “Atalanta” in the last eight on August 12 and only RB Leipzig or Atletico Madrid will stand between men Tuhelj and the first final.
But just as the path to the Holy Grail was a clearing, PSG stumbled to the checkpoint on Friday that may prove insurmountable.
As Mbappe moved forward in the first half, the attack of Saint-Etienne captain Loic Perrin finished your progress, right winger PSG ankle stability in the martial arts.
This caused a furious reaction from the PSG team, the memories of the lack of Neymar in the previous campaign, perhaps fresh in his mind, and led to the substitution Mbappe on.
What Perrin was eventually sent after consideration of the OPTIONS, effectively ending hopes of a Saint Etienne victory in the final was scant consolation for a team that reigned in France for many years.
The Champions League is the prize they covet the most and, with their quarter-finals kicks off in just 19 days, PSG may have to do again to do without one of their leading men.
And that is why steady image of what was on the night of the celebration was not of the Trophy lift, but Mbappe on crutches and in-calf, bandage.
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