— Robin Bairner (@RBairner) March 2, 2013
Yes, they were on the wrong side of a questionable offside call that saw Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s goal early in the second half disallowed, but PSG have to win games like this. Stade de Reims–sitting 16th in Ligue 1–were reduced to 10 men when Christopher Glombard was shown a second yellow after hauling down Javier Pastore. It didn’t matter. In the 64th Grzegorz Krychowiak scored the only goal of the game, sending PSG home with no points after they failed to capitalize on numerous chances. Lyon can tie Les Rouge-et-Bleu at the top of Ligue 1 if they beat Brest tomorrow.
Leonardo’s postgame comments have to be concerning. If the French giants can’t be bothered to match their opponents intensity they will be in trouble on Wednesday night when they welcome Valencia to The Parc des Princes. PSG are unbeaten in their last 22 games in European competition and lead 2-1 with two away goals, but they’ll be without Ibrahimovic (suspension).
Are PSG legitimate contenders in the UCL? Performances like today indicate they’re anything but.