Saturday, May 30, 2009

je ne regrette rien

Paris Saint-Germain's remarkable campaign came to a conclusion as the played Monaco to a scoreless draw at Parc des Princes. While it is true the fortunes of the club turned downward late in the season, it is year void of regrettable moments and one to celebrate. Pride has returned to wearing the beautiful colours of les Rouge et Bleu.

The match was of-course the final curtain call for Monsieur Paul Le Guen and as they situations often are, he is deserving of utmost respect. I cannot help forget the sorrow of last year, when the Parisians walked the razors edge of relegation only to be saved in the last gasps of the season. From survival came a new breath of air and with confidence, hope and pride in the worlds most beautiful city and despite managements horrendous decision to not extend the managers contract, his work is at the root of the clubs re-birth.

Of the match, it was a solemn affair and I suspect for PSG, the lack of venom was a carryover from the moment it was announced Paul Le Guen would not be back. Realistic scoring chances were a rare find as defending was the order of the day. However as the match wound down, the Parisians stirred with late efforts by Guillaume Hoarau, Jérémy Clément and Clément Chantôme whispering that the winning goal was near. Finally two minutes into added time Sylvain Armand struck the crossbar but that was as close as it would get.

Sadly the result leaves Paris Saint-Germain out of the Europa League and while disappointing, this is a year to celebrate. Whether it the emergence of Guillaume Hoarau, Clément Chantôme and Mamadou Sakho, the extraordinary attacking vision of Stéphane Sessegnon and of course the leadership of Claude Makélélé and Ludovic Giuly, PSG was packed full of remarkable highlights.