Mauricio Pochettino has not given up on profitable Ligue 1, however conceded Paris Saint-Germain bought at least they deserved in opposition to Rennes as their title hopes took successful following a 1-1 draw.
Neymar celebrated his new four-year cope with PSG by scoring a contentious penalty to place Pochettino’s staff forward on Sunday, just for Serhou Guirassy’s effective header to seal a degree for Rennes.
PSG have been in actual fact fortunate to not lose, with Presnel Kimpembe seeing pink late on and Keylor Navas pulling out some spectacular saves to maintain it at 1-1.
The draw leaves PSG three factors behind Lille with two video games remaining – no staff has ever been topped Ligue 1 champions with such a spot at this stage – and the title could be wrapped up subsequent week ought to the capital membership drop factors in opposition to Reims and the leaders beat Saint-Etienne.
Certainly, it isn’t simply the title PSG have to fret about, with their place within the Champions League no certainty.
PSG edged possession (57.8 per cent) in opposition to Rennes, however their tally of 12 makes an attempt was seven fewer than the hosts managed, whereas solely 4 of them have been heading in the right direction – Bruno Genesio’s European hopefuls, who have been with out key midfielders Steven Nzonzi and Eduardo Camavinga, managing 10 in whole.
“So much can nonetheless occur, we’re dissatisfied, however we’ve to offer credit score to Rennes, who had an excellent recreation,” PSG head coach Pochettino in his post-match information convention.
“We now have to win the subsequent matches to hope for one thing. We weren’t higher than Rennes over 90 minutes, we didn’t should take three factors.
“It is a season with a variety of ups and downs, we arrived 4 months in the past to assist the membership. A membership like PSG should all the time assume sooner or later. Each membership thinks of bettering, choices shall be made on the finish of the season, we all the time consider bettering.”
Whereas Neymar toiled, he was not helped by the absence of Kylian Mbappe, who was suspended – albeit he has been battling an harm which stored him from that includes in opposition to Manchester Metropolis within the Champions League midweek as PSG misplaced within the semi-finals.
Requested if Mbappe’s absence was a significant factor within the poor efficiency, Pochettino replied: “We should not assume that we didn’t win due to an absence.”
PSG have now didn’t maintain a clear sheet of their final eight Ligue 1 fixtures, conceding 11 targets in whole, making it their longest such run since a streak of 11 top-flight matches again in 2012.
The frustration boiled over heading in the direction of the dying embers, with France centre-back Kimpembe lunging in on Jeremy Doku and receiving a straight pink.
“We see frustration with the consequence, he arrives late. We’re professionals, we all know our duties, our obligations,” Pochettino stated.
PSG captain Marquinhos, nevertheless, didn’t maintain again.
“We are going to play what we’ve left to play. We now have a Coupe de France to go for and the championship to proceed to place stress on Lille,” he instructed Canal+.
“We must go 100 per cent. It’s unacceptable to go away factors like that once we are Paris Saint-Germain. It will probably occur as soon as, twice, nevertheless it’s beginning to occur loads. We now have to be honest, it is not our greatest season, we weren’t very robust. We now have to do loads higher on the finish of the season.”