If things weren’t already bad enough for PSG, the Mayor of Marseille has added salt to their fresh Champions-League-exit wounds.
After starting so brightly in the first leg of their Last 16 match against Real Madrid with a 1-0 victory, PSG fans hoped that an elusive Champions League could finally be making its way into their trophy cabinet.
But their reputation for bottling it in the big matches was only bolstered.
Kylian Mbappe quickly capitalised on his momentum from the first game to give his side the lead. But then they completely collapsed and threw it all away. ‘Les Parisiens’ couldn’t contain the striking skills of Karim Benzema. After forcing a goalkeeping error, he pounced to start the comeback.
However, despite the Frenchman causing problems for their defence, they didn’t adjust. Luka Modric found the forward again, who hammered home the second. And after a horrific piece of defending from Marquinhos, Benzema completed his quick-fire hat-trick to dump PSG out of the competition.
The devastating feeling is one of which their fans have become well accustomed. But to make matters worse, their rivals are laughing at their expense.
Mayor of Marseille mocks PSG
Despite the millions upon millions they’ve spent in pursuit of ultimate glory, PSG have always fallen short of the mark. They boast an impressive nine Ligue 1 titles, but it still eats them alive that they’ve not won the Champions League.
Currently standing 13 points ahead of their nearest rivals in the domestic table, there’s no denying that PSG is the best team in France.
But it doesn’t matter how many times they pick up the Ligue 1 trophy. Until they win in Europe, their arch-rivals will always have bragging rights over them.
Following the match, the Mayor of Marseille posted a star emoji in reference to the club’s Champions League win in 1993. Their victory against AC Milan made them the only French side to win the tournament. This taunt enrages PSG supporters, who desperately want to match that achievement.
However, Marseille’s win isn’t without controversy. That season they and their president Bernard Tapie were involved in a controversial match-fixing scandal. The French side allegedly paid Valenciennes to purposely lose a fixture.
The shocking events resulted in their demotion to Ligue 2 and a ban from participating in continental football the following season. But as the accusations only affected the domestic league, their Champions League title stood.
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