PSG lose three games on the bounce for the first time since 2011

In losing 1-0 at home against Bayern Munich in their Champions League last 16 first leg, PSG have been defeated for the third game in a row. Last week, Marseille came out the deserving winners in a tense Coupe de France tie against their Classique arch-rivals (2-1), and then on Saturday, PSG were completely outplayed by an efficient Monaco side (3-1). To find a similar run of poor results from PSG, one has to go back twelve years.

Welcome back to 2011 then. Katy Perry’s Firework and Adele’s Rolling in the Deep were blasting on your radio. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 smashed the box-office. The world mourned the passings of Amy Winehouse and Steve Jobs. David Cameron was on his second year as British Prime minister. PSG superfan and President of France Nicolas Sarkozy was gunning for reelection, which he’d lose, a year later.

Now, PSG-wise, the 2011-2012 season was the first under the QSI ownership. Current FC Nantes boss Antoine Kombouaré was Les Parisiens’ head coach. Former France internationals and PSG players Grégory Coupet and Ludovic Giuly hung up their boots for good before the season started and Brazilian Nenê was Les Parisiens’ most potent attacking player. In Ligue 1, Rudi Garcia and Eden Hazard’s Lille were the defending champions.

With then-record €43m signing Javier Pastore and high-profile new players such as Blaise Matuidi, Salvatore Sirigu, Jérémy Ménez or Kévin Gameiro, PSG started the season quite well. Despite an opening-day home loss at the hands of Lorient, PSG picked up the pace and took first place on Ligue 1 gameweek 8 following a 3-0 win at Montpellier. As leaders, PSG hosted relegation battlers Nancy on November 20th, after an international break. To everyone’s surprise, the Lorraine side stunned the by with the finest of margins and halted their 12-game unbeaten streak.

Pressure mounted on Kombouaré’s men as PSG then took on Marseille at the Vélodrome for a mouth-watering Classique. Eventual Premier League players Loïc Rémy, Morgan Amalfitano and André Ayew made the most of an appalling defensive display from Les Parisiens and ran riot. PSG fell to second place and made it three losses in a row on Thursday December 1st following a limp 2-0 Europa League loss at Salzburg. The Antoine Kombouaré-led side would be eliminated in the group stage and, despite PSG being leaders at the Christmas break, the Kanak was replaced by Carlo Ancelotti. The Italian master failed in giving PSG their first league title since 1994, with Olivier Giroud’s Montpellier sealing a shock title. Can history repeat itself twelve years later with PSG embroiled in similar trouble ?

GFFN | Bastien Cheval

 

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