Things are very bad at Paris Saint Germain. The superstars are booed by their own fans. Now structural changes are to follow.
After Lionel Messi and Neymar against Girondins Bordeaux (3:0) three weeks ago, now Sergio Ramos.
After his substitution on Sunday evening against FC Lorient (5:1), the former Spanish international was booed violently by the crowd every time he touched the ball.
On his comeback after a two-and-a-half-month break due to persistent calf pain, he had actually expected a different reception; especially as he was cheered during his last outing on 24 January against Stade Reims.
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“We didn’t boo Ramos because he’s always out of action and costs a lot of money, but because he’s the best symbol of the transfer policy of those in charge, which we don’t share at all,” explains Jean-Yves, a season ticket holder at the Parc des Princes since 1970, i.e. since PSG was founded.
Messi and Neymar, too, are “just big names who sell a lot of shirts all over the world, but who don’t help PSG one inch in sporting terms”.
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Four weeks after the embarrassing exit at Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League, the supporters want to see clear structural changes at all levels. Since the bitter evening at the Bernabeu, none of the bosses have commented on the future, neither supremo Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, nor president Nasser Al-Khelaifi or sports director Leonardo.
The only fact so far is that Al-Khelaifi will definitely remain in office. Leo” and coach Mauricio Pochettino, on the other hand, are facing expulsion. But what will happen to Messi and Neymar?
With just under six months to go before the World Cup in Qatar, a departure already this summer seems too complicated – especially financially – to implement. Unless the Argentine and/or the Brazilian are willing to settle for a severance package and leave.
“Both are two exceptional players from a purely individual point of view, but at PSG they are not willing to help out at the back, which is elementary if you want to win the king’s ransom,” says ex-PSG star David Ginola. “Paris need a clear strategy as soon as possible to finally perform like a sworn squad.”
With the current squad, it is simply impossible. Since the Champions League exit, the mood at the Camp des Loges training ground has been sombre.
The Portuguese-South American faction around Neymar, Messi, Leo Paredes, Danilo Pereira, Angel Di Maria, Keylor Navas and Marquinhos hardly exchange any information with the French faction around Presnel Kimpembe, Abdou Diallo, Kylian Mbappé and Co.
Mbappé extension as last chance for PSG?
This makes the very realistic departure of Kylian Mbappé to Real Madrid even more problematic, because the French top star is simply irreplaceable in his current condition.
He has been in outstanding form for four months. Without him, PSG would certainly not be at the top of the Ligue 1 table and he would probably not even have wintered in the top flight.
“I haven’t decided where I’m going to play next season,” Mbappé declared Sunday night in the catacombs of the Princes’ Park.
So to turn the tense mood around, there is only one option left for the PSG board: to extend the contract with the wonder striker.