After the collapse at the Camp Nou earlier this season, Paris swore that an event as catastrophic would happen again; yet last night PSG collapsed under pressure once again and in the most embarrassing nights possible as Nice ran out comfortable 3-1 winners amongst extreme drama and meltdown from Les Parisiens.
The atmosphere was intense at the Allianz Riviera as Emery knew his team had to take maximum points from every available game in order to keep pace with Monaco. PSG did get off to the better start but were brought down to Earth when the controversial Mario Balotelli shrugged off a weak Marco Verratti and beat Trapp from the edge of the area.
The fabulous strike put Paris exactly where they didn’t want to be: needing two goals and come from behind to get three valuable points. However, Paris’ fears were realized when Pereira, who assisted Balotelli for the opener, beat Kevin Trapp himself in spectacular fashion shortly after the break. PSG did finally respond through Marquinhos in the 64th minute setting up an exciting finale.
Paris looked desperately for the equaliser but became increasing frustrated as the game looked to be slipping away from them. As Nice counter attacked late on Thiago Motta was rightly sent off for a head-butt in the Nice penalty box and moments later, the game was wrapped up by Donis. Unfortunately for all Paris fans, and Emery included, the embarrassment wasn’t over. Angel Di Maria – who has been had an outstanding contribution for PSG in recent games – lashed out recklessly Arnaud Souquet, meaning Paris ended the game in absolute disgrace with no points and down to 9 men.
None of the visitors did themselves any justice on Sunday night. Edinson Cavani lost his head on several occasions (Surprisingly not getting sent off himself); Motta and Di Maria ended the game in disgrace; and the rest of the team let themselves down through weak defending or lacklustre attacking performances. All of this, however, left the whole of the media and fans pointing the finger at Unai Emery. The Spaniard has made no progress in his first season in Paris, after collapses in the Champions League and now last night, it looks as if their title challenge is over now; and Emery looked liked a beaten man at the final whistle.
The league looks as good as Monaco’s after last nights performance from Les Parisiens. Paris host Bastia and travel to Saint Étienne before finishing the season at home to Caen. Emery’s men need to finish the season with pride and start to make huge preparations so the meltdown this season is not repeated next year.
Final Score: Nice 3-1 PSG
Top Performance: Adrien Rabiot – Nobody in a Paris shirt did themselves any justice other than Adrien Rabiot who only played 25 minutes!
Next Match: PSG v Bastia, Saturday 6th May, 4:00pm