PSG travel to Lorient on Sunday evening for their first outing since being knocked out of the Champions League after humiliating circumstances in midweek. A defeat to the team that sit rock bottom of the league could most likely see Paris’ title hopes evaporate too.
What a difference a week can make for a football club. Despite struggling in a 1-0 win over Nancy last Sunday, moral was high and confidence around the club and fans was rapidly growing; but since then PSG have thrown away their Champions League spot in an absolute disgraceful manner and have been in the news for all the wrong reasons off of the pitch too. Now a win against Lorient is more crucial than any other game in Ligue 1 this season in order to stop their ship from sinking any deeper.
A positive result tonight is arguably just as important for Unai Emery. The turn of the year certainly brought renewed hope around the Spaniard in Paris but a shock exit in midweek in spire of his European experience, as well as sitting second place in the league, has brought back his critics. Therefore the run in from now until the end of the season is crucial for Emery if he aspires to be the Paris boss come next season.
The good news for Emery and Les Parisiens is that Lorient are in horrific form. They have failed to record a single point in the league since the start of February and look to be resigned to their fate, sitting six point form safety with the worst goal difference in the league.
Nothing is certain anymore around Paris Saint Germain but with their title hopes on the line as take on Lorient, nothing other than a win is acceptable on the back of abysmal week.
Unai Emery may be forced into several changes to the team sheet and tactics after what happened on Wednesday. Marco Verratti, Blaise Matuidi, Thiago Motta and Lucas Moura are all out for the trip to Lorient anyway. Krychowiak and Pastore are therefore likely to get more starts.
Predicted Starting XI
(4-3-3) Trapp; Meunier, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Maxwell; Krychowiak, Pastore, Rabiot; Di Maria, Cavani, Draxler
Subs: Areola, Aurier, Kimpembe, Nkunku, Lo Celso, Ben Arfa, Guedes
Lorient 1-2 PSG