Paris Saint-Germain make history with fourth trophy win

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Paris Saint-Germain managed quite a coup this weekend, by gaining the Coupe de France for the ninth time.

There were incredible scenes at the Stade de France on Saturday night as the capital played host to a momentous occasion in the history of the game, with PSG completing the domestic treble. They were crowned champions of Ligue 1 just a couple weeks ago, having already won the League Cup back in April.


Compared to the League Cup final - a thrilling 4-0 hammering of Bastia - this game, in the same venue, seemed rather lacklustre. 

PSG lined up with recent returnees Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who missed the last two games of the season, and Thiago Silva, who came off injured last weekend and missed mid-week training before for the final.

With Auxerre having just finished their season in 9th place in Ligue 2, before the match it was these absences which the press had been talking about. With them back in the team, fans and pundits started to believe they would be seeing another convincing display from PSG.

PSG dominance

A convincing display it arguably was, with the favourites maintaining 70% possession. Despite the the memorable occasion though the game was anything but. Auxerre were actually the first to make an impact, with a first half shot from Frederic Sammaritano forcing a save out of the Parisian second choice Nicolas Douchez.

As half time loomed it was the Ligue 1 team's chance to threaten. Thiago Motta struck a ball from 25-yards-out which ricocheted off the upright.

Lack of chances

Overall though there weren't many clear-cut chances and even the goal was fairly disappointing. Gregory van der Wiel walked the ball up the right wing in such an unthreatening move that Ibrahimovic was napping up front.

Van der Wiel then spotted Edinson Cavani's run and played a cross perfect for the Uruguayan, who had run past and into the space which should have been Ibrahimovic's. Cavani rose for the header, leaving the defenders rooted to their positions.

Ultimately it should have been a simple save to parry away, despite the pace on the ball, and the goalkeeper's inability to read the play was coupled with a complete lack of effective reaction.  

The goal was an important one though for Cavani, who has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United, and has really made his mark in the last few weeks of the season. His impact in the last few games are conspicuously important in light of Ibrahimovic's recent absence through injury, and it may now be the 33-year-old Swede who could be seen as expendable in the summer transfer window.


Aside from this trophy, PSG also started their season by winning the Trophee des Champions in August - France's equivalent of the Community Shield. Last weekend therefore also marked the first time in French footballing history that a club has gained all four of these trophies in one term.

In that first game of the campaign PSG beat Guingamp 2-0 thanks to a deuce from Ibrahimovic, and it is telling that only Cavani could break the deadlock in the last game of the season. It feels like a turning point in the power-struggle that Cavani has faced since moving to Paris two years ago.


Having won the full complement of domestic trophies PSG will now play Lyon in the Trophee des Champions next August, as they came second in the league. Furthermore, thanks to PSG's win in the Coupe de France, Bordeaux will now receive a third round qualifying place in the Europa League, for their finishing sixth in the league.  France as a whole move a step closer to improving their UEFA Coefficient ranking.

The summer is likely to be busy for all clubs, particularly as they watch over their competitors' shoulders during transfer season. Lyon will take some courage from their runners-up finishing position, however it is unlikely they will be able to replicate that without new signings.


Meanwhile, Leonardo Jardim's AS Monaco have performed very well domestically, as well as in the Champions League, and they will be looking at mounting a serious campaign for the league trophy, with question marks over returning Radamel Falcao and who they will be bidding for in the summer.

Marseille were in the top spot in the league for 14 weeks straight, and they will be aiming to tighten up their squad for next year, knowing what they need to do to see out a campaign.

PSG ambitions

With all of this increased competition it is unlikely we will ever see a French team take the full sweep of trophies again, as PSG have done this year. Although their achievement is entirely unprecedented at this level, even they have more to achieve in the UEFA Champions League.

The Coupe de France final against minnows exposed a perhaps tired Paris Saint-Germain, but also put their resilience and ability to be clinical in some doubt. Laurent Blanc will certainly be looking at improving in that area for next year, and to that extent perhaps this one game more than any has put Ibrahimovic's future at the club in doubt.

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