PSG not only let Lille escape at the top of the standings, by conceding a draw in Rennes (1-1), it also saw Monaco and Lyon come closer and raise the threat of a lack of qualification in the League. champions.
In five days, the dreams of a hat-trick of PSG were shattered. Beaten twice by Manchester City in the semi-finals, Paris will not win the Champions League. He also complicated his task in the fight for the title in Ligue 1 by conceding the draw in Rennes (1-1) on Sunday. Two days from the end, Mauricio Pochettino’s men, second, are three points behind Lille, who will be entitled to a mini-joker. This result also forces them to look behind since Monaco, third, came closer to two points while OL are only three lengths behind.
One victory will be enough to secure the podium
If Paris does not win any of its last two games (against Reims and Brest) and Monaco and Lyon sign a full card at the same time, the Parisians will even end the season in fourth place, synonymous with the Europa League and not the Ligue des champions. This would obviously be an industrial failure for a workforce built to win the queen of club competitions. However, it would take a catastrophic scenario facing two teams of soft stomachs and bottom of the table. Paris has the hand and even needs only a victory in two games to secure its place on the podium thanks to its goal difference clearly to its advantage (+52, +33 for Monaco, +36 for Lyon).
In the absence of a title, the Parisians must now aim for second place at a minimum since it offers a direct ticket for the group stage of the Champions League. Four points will be enough for them to achieve this. A third place would send Paris to the third qualifying round of the competition with two laps to go and four matches to play to reach the pools. There is still hope that the third will be directly qualified for the pools: that Manchester United will win the Europa League final against Villarreal on May 26.
The 3rd in Ligue 1 supports Manchester United in the Europa League
Already assured of being qualified for the Champions League through their championship, the Red Devils would offer the ticket promised to the winner of the competition to the nation ranked fifth in UEFA: France. The third in Ligue 1 have also been varnished in recent seasons since Lyon had taken advantage of the success of Atlético de Madrid in 2018 and Chelsea in 2019 to qualify directly in the pools of the Champions League. Ditto for Rennes thanks to Seville in 2020.
A victory for Villarreal, on the other hand, would force the third in Ligue 1 to go through the qualification box through the voice of the League (with potentially as opponents Spartak or Lokomotiv Moscow, FC Porto, Chakhtior Donetsk or Fenerbahçe) . Parisian supporters are often ironic about the harm done to them by former club members. Unai Emery, Villarreal coach and former PSG coach, could give them a bad shot if Paris finished third.