Paris: Paris St-Germain’s deepening Champions League woes have turned the focus back to the strength of competition — or lack of it — in the French top flight as they prepare to face bitter rivals Marseille this weekend.
On Wednesday, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe were shut out and PSG needed a brilliant injury time goal from Angel Di Maria to salvage a 2-2 draw at home to Napoli.
Thomas Tuchel’s side now face a real fight just to qualify for the Champions League knockout rounds, having already been beaten at Liverpool.
After disappointing last-16 exits against Barcelona and Real Madrid in the last two seasons, Tuchel is tasked with finally making the club a genuine contender in the Champions League. It is therefore galling for those in charge in the French capital to find themselves at risk of an early exit.
Yet at the same time PSG go to Marseille having won all 10 games in Ligue 1 this season, smashing the previous French record of eight straight victories at the start of a campaign, set by Olympique Lillois in 1936.
Another three points on Sunday and PSG will match Tottenham Hotspur’s achievement of 11 successive wins at the start of the 1960-61 season, a record in Europe’s big five leagues.
Tuchel’s team are already eight points clear of Lille atop the table, and 11 points above Marseille in fourth. A sixth title in seven seasons seems inevitable even now. (AFP)