It’s been a whirlwind few weeks for PSG, and certainly not in a good way. Having exited the Coupe de France in late January to Nice, their season, from that point, not only threatened to derail, but has seemingly collapsed right in front of their eyes, crashing out of the Champions League, and struggling for wins in Ligue 1.
In the Parisians’ last five Ligue 1 games, Nantes, Nice and Monaco have all claimed the scalps of the runaway leaders, with that 3-0 reversal inflicted by the latter giving Mauricio Pochettino plenty to ponder over the international break. PSG remain in a seemingly unassailable position atop the table but egos are bruised.
So, step up Lorient. Christophe Pelissier’s struggling Merlucciidaes will either capitalise on a fragile atmosphere in the capital, or serve as the Parisians’ punching bag to let off some steam and bounce back in the most emphatic of fashions. Certainly don’t rule out the latter with the quality available to Pochettino.
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PSG vs Lorient: Match Stats
Kylian Mbappe enters this fixture, naturally, in ridiculous form. The 23-year-old French sensation has earned PSG a staggering 22 points, with his 15 goals and 10 assists in Ligue 1 this season, which is seven more than any other player. Pochettino has plenty of world class players at his disposal, but Mbappe has so often taken the lead role this campaign, and he’ll look to do so again this weekend. Elsewhere, Lionel Messi may be struggling to replicate the prodigious scoring heights of his Barcelona days, but he remains in fine playmaker form in Paris, with the Argentine genius currently leading the way for most assists in the division this term (10).
In a fixture that has largely been one-way traffic over the years, Lorient managed to produce a fantastic 1-1 draw with PSG over the festive period. Pelissier’s men entered that fixture off the back of seven successive defeats in Ligue 1, but somehow managed to stop that losing run at home to PSG, and they nearly got the win, were it not for Mauro Icardi’s 91st-minute equaliser.