PSG suffered a shock defeat in only their second game of the 2019/20 Ligue 1 campaign and this should be a worrying thing for Thomas Tuchel.
Clearly PSG are not going to have it easy this season. Olympique Lyonnais have worked extra hard this summer and results are there for everyone to see. Les Gones have invested in the right players and all those players have come good.
In the opening two games of the Championnat, the Rhone giants have scored a whopping 9 goals and are yet to concede. The first scalp is of AS Monaco while Angers were dispatched with minimal fuss.
And although they started the defense of their title with a win, PSG struggled in the second game of the season against Stade Rennais. This is the same team that beat them in the final of the Coupe de France. The Bretons are becoming more and more likely the club’s very own bogey team.
On Sunday night, Rennais managed to win the game 2-1 while initially trailing the league champions. This says a lot about the team’s character given the fact that PSG aren’t easy to vanquish especially when they are in the lead.
This also says a lot about PSG’s title credentials. Les Parisiens are always expected to win games without much drama but this time around, drama could be what defines their season. With Neymar keen to jump ship and return to Barcelona, there’s a feeling that the French giants are sort of in disarray.
While Thomas Tuchel isn’t one to admit to the many problems he might be facing, it is clear that the German tactician has a lot of work to do.
After seeing this team win countless Ligue 1 titles, perhaps complacency has crept in. Lyon on the other hand, want to return to their glory days when they won seven consecutive Ligue 1 titles. The record is still intact but PSG are giving them a great chance to finally end their dominance in the country.
In the first half, Rennais were very generous but fortunately equalized through an amazing goal from M’Baye Niang.
Full of attacking intent and organized, Julien Stephan’s men took advantage of the form of you Eduardo Camavinga who passed the ball on to Castillo whose header confused Alphonse Areola.
The goal left PSG shell-shocked given that they had been dominating the game before that. However, one goal can really change games and that is exactly what happened. In face of an incessant barrage of attacking verve, Rennais held on and never lost their shape.
Clearly this team was not going to allow PSG a route back into the game. Les Parisiens should have themselves to blame. They had enough chances to score in the first half but never really took them.
Rennais on the other hand, knew that they would not get many opportunities so when they did get their chances, they made those count.
Neymar or no Neymar, PSG have issues that go far beyond their star player and need to be addressed before Lyon are able to add more distance from them at the top of the table.