14/03/2022; 4:30 PM By : Steven D. Thompson
Messi and Neymar felt the full brunt of the fans' angst in their 3-0 win over Bordeaux.
Paris Saint-Germain may be a wealthy club, but they seem to lack the ethics of a well-run football club. The Qatari backed club has over the years been poaching the best players from all across Europe. Their success has been in France. PSG have turned Ligue 1 into a one-team league. Such is their dominance that there was an outcry when they failed to win the League last season.
Despite their stranglehold of Ligue 1, the goal was to earn a place at the big boys' table. The target was to win the Champions League and secure their position, but the trophy with the big ears has eluded every year.
PSG were to announce their arrival as a true European great in the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League. They collected some of Europe’s best in the summer to add to the array of stars in their squad. Sergio Ramos, Georginio Wijnaldum, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Achraf Hakimi all arrived at the Parc des princes in the summer. The peak of the pack was Lionel Messi, who joined from Barcelona on a free transfer.
Despite boasting a squad with an array of talent, the Parisian club fell to Champions League giants Real Madrid in the Round of 16, sparking outrage in the French capital.
The reverberations of the loss to the self-styled kings of Europe - Real Madrid is yet to settle in the French capital. With bad blood between both sides at an all-time high following interest in Kylian Mbappe by Real Madrid, the midweek loss still hurts PSG.
PSG stars felt the heat from their fans in the Ligue 1 encounter against Bordeaux. As per Goal, Neymar and Lionel Messi were recipients of boos as they ran away 3-0 winners against Bordeaux on Sunday. Kylian Mbappe (the only player spared by the fans) got the opener for PSG, while Neymar and Leandro Paredes scored the other goals. The win takes PSG 15 points clear at the top of Ligue 1.
PSG fans were more interested in expressing their displeasure for their performance against Real Madrid. The midweek loss to Real Madrid still rankles in the French capital, and the players are the ones feeling the brunt of it.
Rumours suggest that Nasser Al Khellaifi has been summoned to Qatar to explain the incident in Madrid. The club would want to forget the unfortunate incident that painted the club in a bad light and forge ahead.
Al Khellaifi was said to have reacted rather badly after the loss with threats levelled against the referee. If confirmed to be true, Khellaifi ought to be stripped of every position held at UEFA.
Meanwhile, PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino said the club is disappointed but must forge ahead. Speaking to the club website, he opined that to change the past is impossible, but PSG must learn from it and try to affect the future with the lessons.