PSG vs Bordeaux live Free: PSG saw their chances of a first-ever Champions League ended in ruthless fashion in the Spanish capital as their holy grail of European glory ended in failure again.
Sunday’s slate in Ligue 1 will see Girondins Bordeaux meet up with Paris Saint-Germain. The game at Parc des Princes begins at 8:00 AM ET. PSG has 62 points, and is first in the league. Girondins Bordeaux has 22 points, and is in 20th place.
The defeat is likely to have deeper repercussions for the French giants at the end of the campaign with manager Mauricio Pochettino potentially moving on and star man Kylian Mbappe out of contract.
However, despite their frustrations in Europe, Pochettino’s side remain strong favorites to clinch the Ligue 1 title this season with a 12-point lead over second-place Nice.
The visit of rock-bottom Bordeaux should offer PSG a perfect chance to bounce back to form and move a step closer to regaining their league title following Lille’s success in 2021.
45+7 mins: HALF-TIME: PSG 1-0 Bordeaux – Mbappe’s goal is the difference between the two teams, although this first half has been about more than just what has happened on the pitch. The fans are letting their disgruntlement known!
52 mins: GOAL! PSG 2 (Neymar 52′) Bordeaux 0 – That’s just too easy for PSG! Hakimi is played in behind, he squares for Neymar and the Brazilian finishes into the net. Boos ring around the Parc des Princes! No emotion on the face of Pochettino!
Paris Saint-Germain’s glitzy offseason recruitment drive was hailed as the best in European soccer and designed to lead PSG to Champions League glory.
61 mins: GOAL! PSG 3 (LEANDRO PAREDES‘) Bordeaux 0 The Argentine took a rebound in the box, feinted to get past two players and put the ball into the left-hand corner of the post.
But it backfired completely as goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma’s error against Real Madrid on Wednesday night led to another capitulation in soccer’s elite competition.
Now PSG only has the league title to look forward too, having also been eliminated from the French Cup.
Dreams of a treble are over for coach Mauricio Pochettino.
While Sunday’s home game against rock-bottom Bordeaux is a good chance to boost PSG’s goal difference — and Kylian Mbappe’s large goal tally — a win will do little to ease the pressure on Pochettino.
The mild-mannered Argentine was hailed as an ideal replacement after tempestuous coach Thomas Tuchel was fired midway through last season.
They certainly caught the attention of the soccer world back then, but they did not work against Madrid.
Right back Achraf Hakimi, who cost 60 million euros ($66 million) from Italian champion Inter Milan, was exposed in defense and taken off late on.
Netherlands midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, signed from Premier League powerhouse Liverpool, did not even get off the bench. Veteran defender Sergio Ramos, winner of four Champions League titles with Madrid, has been injured most of the season.
Why PSG needed to sign Donnarumma at all is baffling, since the club already had one of the best goalkeepers in Europe last season in Keylor Navas.
Navas kept PSG in several games, including brilliant performances against Barcelona and Bayern Munich as the French club reached the Champions League semifinals.
Donnarumma was the star of Italy’s European Championship win in the penalty shootout against England and is famed for his coolness under pressure. But with PSG up 2-0 on aggregate against Madrid, the goalkeeper played it a little too cool trying to dribble around Karim Benzema rather than clearing a routine back pass. That gifted Madrid a lifeline, after which PSG’s lack of composure under pressure was again exposed as Benzema scored twice more for a 3-1 win.
Three years ago PSG became the first team to be eliminated after winning the away leg 2-0, losing to Manchester United 3-1.
In 2017, it was the first team to be eliminated after winning the first leg 4-0, losing 6-1 away at Barcelona.
The coaches back then, Unai Emery and Thomas Tuchel, claimed PSG does not have a problem coping with pressure. But Pochettino watched in a state of bewilderment as Madrid went from 2-0 down on aggregate to 3-2 up in 17 minutes.
The way PSG’s midfield was so easily bypassed on Madrid’s second and third goals is symptomatic of the way it has played all season.
Only Marco Verratti stands out in PSG’s midfield and, with Neymar and Messi both well short of their best form, only Mbappe really performs in attack.
His goals have carried PSG in a season where, without late equalizers or winners and more consistent opponents, PSG’s lead of 13 points over Nice would be far less.
Lille beat PSG to the title last season on the back of consistency and an iron defense, which Nice and third-place Marseille have been lacking this season.