Nasser Al-Khelaifi’s dreams of Paris Saint-Germain have crumbled in stupendously dramatic fashion. The club has hemorraghed goals left and right and have been as charitable as Pere Noel away from Le Parc des Princes. Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Antoine Kombouare’s En Avant de Guingamp highlight the recurring problems regarding the club.
PSG have no one that can carry the load like Zlatan Ibrahimovic did the past few years. Edinson Cavani did score in the 80th minute, but the damage had already been done with another issue hindering Paris: the lack of a proper defense to counter the transition. Yannis Salibur (66′) and Nill de Pauw (70′) scored for Guingamp as it has been made painfully clear that Alphonse Areola is not exactly ready to handle the rigors of Ligue 1 play as a starting goalkeeper.
PSG are in big, big trouble right now, regardless of what Nice & Monaco do this weekend. #EAGPSG
— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) December 17, 2016
Emery has not been able to maximize the skill level of Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Serge Aurier and Layvin Kurzawa. Furthermore, the production has been centered on Cavani. Now we here at the Stoppage Time already told you that Cavani is being coveted by the Chinese Super League and their deep pockets. If Cavani goes, so goes any chance of the club winning trophies other than the Trophee Des Champions.
While Paris has made it to the quarterfinals of the Coupe de La Ligue and will be hosting Metz, even Philippe Hinschberger’s forces have to fancy their chances of defeating the defending Ligue 1 champions. FC Lorient are up next for Paris, and even though they are 20th on the table (and may remain so after their match with Saint-Etienne), they have a very real chance of defeating PSG. If 12th place Montpellier HSC can do it, the rebounding Merlus under Bernard Casoni’s tutelage can also do the same.
PSG have been winless in their last three games. The last time this has happened was in December 2014, about two years ago. A massive reason behind their winless streak is their inability to convert stat domination into production. Paris dominated Guingamp on possession (73.7% to 26.3%), shots (15 to 11), shots on target (seven to two), successful passes (87.2 to 70.3%), total passes (734 to 249) and corners (seven to four). Cavani has been the only player to make the most of his touches while the rest of the team has lagged behind in pulling their weight.
Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the owner of Paris Saint-Germain, is finally reaping what he sows, and it’s a costly reaping at that. The decision to put a vote of no confidence on Laurent Blanc has backfired, as it was Blanc that orchestrated a lengthy, fruitful period of French club football domination for PSG. That is gone now under Emery, and the Qatari ownership must make a decision on how much longer they are willing to let this drag on before perhaps bringing Blanc back or finding a successor to carry on with the toughest job in Ligue 1, that of the Paris Saint-Germain first team manager.