Without being unworthy, PSG lost to Bayern Munich this Sunday (0-1) in the final of the Champions League. A setback which should not, however, obscure the essential: now, Parisians know how to climb to the top.
There were the tears of Neymar . The spite of Kylian Mbappé. The frustation of Marco Verratti. For all, inevitably, a huge disappointment. After all, how could it be otherwise? For 90 minutes, this Sunday in Lisbon, PSG looked Bayern Munich in the eye. But PSG also took a goal, signed by his former protégé Kingsley Coman (59th). And this Lisbon final, he lost it on the smallest of margins (0-1). The regrets are real. Above all, however, they should not be eternal.
The best season in the history of PSG
Because in a few days, or even later for the most inconsolable of them, Thomas Tuchel’s players will be able to turn around. They will then see, no doubt with pride, that they have just concluded the best season in the history of their club , born fifty years ago exactly. In addition to the four titles acquired on the national scene (Champions Trophy, Ligue 1, Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue), Marco Verratti and his teammates thus made their way to the final of the C1, something that ‘it had never happened to them before. Ultimately, they have conceded only two losses on the European scene during this exercise: against Borussia Dortmund in the round of 16 first leg (2-1). And against Bayern, therefore.
This time, PSG is invited to the table of the great
However, the most important thing is not there. Often, even almost systematically in recent years, Paris has tripped up when we least expected it. The Club de la Capitale disappeared from the screens at the end of winter, leaving the leaders of the Old Continent to do battle in the last square. There was like a glass plate, which separated the multiple champions of France from the very highest European spheres. This glass ceiling has now shattered. And this is undoubtedly the essential lesson to be retained from the Lisbon “Final 8”.
The “remountada” is no longer a trauma
The Parisians have probably had a psychological click. Now they know they are capable of inviting themselves to the big table. Marcus Rashford’s “remount” and murderous penalty are no longer traumas , but disillusions to be stored in the box of bad memories. Thomas Tuchel, he has undoubtedly gained credit vis-à-vis Doha will be able very quickly, with renewed confidence on the part of its leaders, to start building the PSG of tomorrow. This will be done with a workforce which, with the notable exception of the departure of Thiago Silva, not going to change much. At the end of October, Neymar, Mbappé, Di Maria and others will go back to the campaign. The Cup with the big ears, they saw it up close. Above all, they understood that they were able to lift it.