PSG’s hopes of an unbeaten Ligue 1 season ended with Rennes as star-spangled attack fails to register a shot on goal

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Paris Saint-Germain’s hopes of a first-ever unbeaten season under Qatari control as well as their record 100% Ligue 1 wins this season ended abruptly on Sunday with a 2-0 away defeat at Stade Rennais, which continues its own good record against the club of the capital.

After beating Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League midweek, Mauricio Pochettino sent his big guns to Roazhon Park again in hopes of a similar performance ahead of the international break.

However, players like Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Marco Verratti, Angel Di Maria and Gianluigi Donnarumma managed to concede half time on either side and, more worryingly, didn’t even register a shot on target in Brittany. , the PSG having failed to win. for the first time in nine Ligue 1 matches this season.

Gaetan Laborde opened the scoring immediately after the break while Flavien Tait quickly added a second moments after a match resumed.

It was a return to form that we’ve seen pretty much the entire season of the Parisians with so much star talent on the pitch that Pochettino seems unable to work out a working system for them to play well together.

Messi, Mbappe, Neymar and Di Maria could barely muster an effort on goal together, although the legendary Argentine rocked the crossbar with a free kick that is quickly becoming a hallmark since his change to PSG and the Frenchman has also had a goal disallowed by VAR.

“We conceded two goals at key points in the game,” captain Marquinhos told Amazon Prime Video after the final whistle. “These are the important times when you have to be more focused and not concede that kind of goal. Having said that, when you hang around in a game you have to be more proactive than us.”

It’s not as easy as watching this offensive formation and waiting for goals, however, when the team unexpectedly flees the other end, it’s the third time in all competitions where the French giants shipped two or more in a match.

Laborde and Tait’s efforts were largely made possible by a collective stoppage in the visiting ranks and midfield duo Verratti and Gueye went from winning over City to feeling like they never had played together here.

It should be noted that Di Maria was added to the mix after City’s victory as he is currently suspended in European competitions, but PSG’s disappointing performance shouldn’t take away what was a fine group effort from Bruno Genesio’s men. .

Genesio – affectionately known in France as Pep – develops a habit with Olympique Lyonnais and now Rennes of producing good performances and results to face the club from the French capital while managing to surprise Guardiola himself in Lyon .

Genesio managed to get his players back after their UEFA Europa Conference League exploits in the Netherlands at Vitesse Arnhem on Thursday and they produced a ruthlessly efficient performance to punch holes in a Parisian endline, which City couldn’t do Tuesday.

The reality of the national situation is that PSG remain six points ahead at the top of Ligue 1 with RC Lens their closest challengers at the moment, but this kind of result, frankly, had since happened. some time and it is only surprising that this did not happen. in Europe first.

PSG’s hopes of an undefeated campaign, whatever that might mean for the players, staff and management, are now gone for another year and while it may not be the end of the world, it is further proof that they are not as nationally dominant as many assume or claim.

The record set by the great FC Nantes team from 1994-95 is still secure and will remain so far for at least another season but it is something that really seemed possible for PSG to accomplish this mandate and if this Rennes defeat turns out to make the difference, they will kick each other.

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