Historical disaster for French football?


By: Manu Tournoux

PSG is the last hope for French football to avoid a terrible snub in the Champions League.

PSG is the last hope for French football to avoid a terrible snub in the Champions League. The French clubs are celebrating in the European Cups. So much so that France, in an unfortunate position at the start of the season in the race for fifth place in the UEFA Ranking, has already fallen behind the Netherlands and is now in a strong position to increase its lead. A reversal of the situation that French football owes mainly to its good results in the Europa League since Olympique de Marseille and Rennes, as well as Lille in the Europa Conference League, have already validated their qualification, and can now hope to win first place in their group, Toulouse being well placed to complete the picture.

The situation is somewhat different in the Champions League. Despite its good performance in a tough group, RC Lens had to say goodbye to the round of 16 of the C1 from the 5e day, nevertheless remobilizing to snatch his ticket for the Europa League. A lesser evil. But PSG is barely better on board. If it still has its destiny in its hands, the capital club must indeed win on the pitch of Borussia Dortmund to be sure of securing its ticket for the round of 16 of the Champions League and thus avoid elimination as soon as the group stage of the C1 since its acquisition by QSI.

A failure of the French champions, who are approaching this trip without much certainty due to their defeats at Newcastle and Milan, would sound like a terrible failure for French football. For the first time since the 2002-2003 season, France would have no representative in the final phase of the Champions League. Since the fall of 2002 and the elimination of Lens, Auxerre and Lyon from the group stage, there has always been at least one French club present in the round of 16 of the Champions League, with PSG systematically present at this stadium since 2012.

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