Friday, May 15, 2009

Allez Paris!

Paris Saint-Germain exceptional campaign continues as Jean Fernandez's Auxerre visit Parc des Princes Saturday evening. With three remaining match-day les Rouge et Bleu hopes for a Champions League spot flourish as they trail Lyonnais but only a point, however the defending champion are laden with a significantly more challenging schedule.

With a clear-cut opportunity to break into the top three, Paul Le Guen looks to be heading for a superb swan song. The oddity of leaders brilliant work where he has resurrected the Parisians from the brink of disaster and into European football, while not having his contract renewed by management defies explanation. With Antoine Kombouaré, presently managing Valenciennes, very likely to be in-charge of PSG next year, the rumours run wild of pending cost cutting measures by ownership.

Taking the matter with the utmost professionalism, Monsieur Le Guen has taken a very small side the distance and with the final strokes of the brush can position PSG in the Champions League. Should this occur the fortunes of PSG could turn radically as the financial impact will be significant and fund future investment. This is particularly concerning for the club as it dealing with a number of possible departures including, but not limited to, Claude Makélélé, Ludovic Giuly, Stéphane Sessegnon, Mateja Kežman, Clément Chantôme, Jérôme Rothen and Mamadou Sakho.

For Saturday evenings clash Paul Le Guen will need to plot his tactical plan without the services of Guillaume Hoarau and Clément Chantôme but are bolstered with the return of Ludovic Giuly and Sammy Traoré.