Despite the absence of competition, PSG only came close to winning the title. This summer, they need to renovate to breathe new life into a stale club.
After a 1-1 draw with Lens, PSG was dubbed “astar without shine” by L’Équipe after winning the Ligue 1 title. Although their tenth title ties St-all-time Étienne’s mark and adds a star to their jerseys for next season, few victories have felt more empty. This season, PSG has been fortunate, disorganized, and preoccupied by the Champions League, and they are among the continent’s least pleasing champions this century. Change is slow at the Parc des Princes, but after a decade of squandered opportunities, change may be on the way.
Mauricio Pochettino’s team has generally won by default. Without a single powerful competitor to exert pressure, PSG was able to slip away from the pack thanks to a pursuing group who routinely defeated each other. Despite the addition of Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Kylian Mbappé, PSG has lacked flow, coherence, and even enthusiasm throughout the season. Mbappé’s uncertain future has expedited the demise of the ideal of happy interaction and champagne football sweeping Ligue 1.
PSG has only threatened to resemble the team France anticipated on rare occasions this season, and not for the whole 90 minutes. A 13-point lead screams domination, but PSG has fought hard for wins and grabbed victory despite a few deserving late goals. PSG earned points on seven occasions over a 19-game stretch, including five victories, by scoring goals in the 87th minute or later. Even with an overpowering roster, PSG might have lost the title if they had been unlucky.