Monday, 4 March 2013

Stade de Reims 1-0 PSG: Leonardo is Champion berk (again)

Paris Saint-Germain busted betting slips across the world on Saturday, managing to lose 1-0 to Reims, a side who hadn't won a home game since October.

Tongue-twisting Polish international Grzegorz Krychowiak notched the only goal in the second half, profiting from some slack marking at a corner to squeeze the ball home at the far post.

By this point Reims were down to ten-men, making PSG's failure to take even a point from the game even more incomprehensible. Zlatan had a goal wrongly disallowed for offside, and Ezequiel Lavezzi missed a sitter, but home side were deserved victors in the end.

Fortunately Lyon let us off the hook by only managing a draw with Brest yesterday, meaning we retain a two-point lead at the top of Ligue 1.

The Reims defeat, added to the loss at Sochaux a couple of weeks ago, might have left some fans worried about our title prospects. But fear not folks, our league form doesn't really matter because, according to Leonardo, we're not that suited to playing in Ligue 1 anyway.

"We are perhaps not made to play in these types of games," said our dear Director of Football. "We created a team to play in the Champions League, not the championship. We don't know yet how to handle games where the situation is against us, where the surface is difficult and we have an important game every three days."

I've made my thoughts on Leonardo, a man who gets less likable every time he opens his mouth, clear in the past, but this latest statement is easily the most stupid thing I've read since the story of the man who wants to rebuild the Titanic. In fact, I don't even know where to begin such is his idiocy. Anyone would think he was talking about a side that won the league title for ten years in a row, not one whose last Ligue 1 triumph came in 1994. Most other teams in the league already hate us, and saying stuff like this isn't going to help the situation.

This kind of arrogance is exactly why we lose games at places like Reims. We can't just expect the rest of the league to roll over and present their bellies to be tickled so that we can concentrate on the Champions League, that's not how football works.

In my opinion Ligue 1 isn't very strong this season; PSG are top despite being four points worse off than they were at this stage last year, and all the challengers, with the exception of fast-improving St Etienne, are pretty inconsistent. That we're not well clear of our rivals is indicative of a team still finding its feet, not one that is ready to compete for Europe's top prize.

Leonardo and others at the club would do well to remember this before opening their mouths in future.


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