They say that money doesn’t bring you happiness in life. This is a very apt saying when it comes to big-spending French club PSG. For the last half a decade PSG’s rich Qatari owners have bankrolled the French club.
This money has been pumped into the club to turn the club from the French capital into a European giant. However, while PSG have enjoyed success, not unbridled, domestic success, their team have not been good enough in the Champions League.
On Tuesday night, PSG faced Real Madrid in the last-16 second leg at the Parc des Princes. The home side had suffered a 3-1 defeat in the first leg at the Bernabeu, which obviously put the visitors in pole position to progress. The fact that Brazilian superstar Neymar was sidelined due injury also hampered their attempts at a comeback in the tie.
In the end, Los Blancos were just too good for the French side. Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Casemiro either side of a scrappy goal from Edinson Cavani saw the Spanish side cruise through 5-2 on aggregate.
The clubs hierarchy did not look happy during the game or afterwards, as their team had again fallen short in Europe’s elite competition, despite once being the favourites to lift the trophy this season.
The loss in Paris cannot compare with last season’s capitulation in Barcelona. However, both defeats mean the same thing: that PSG are not yet ready to play with the big boys of European football.
Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are teams that have dominated this competition in recent seasons. These are the elite teams. Manchester City may also stake a claim for an elite spot in the coming years under Pep Guardiola.
The truth is that PSG are not an elite European team yet. No matter how much money they spend, they also seem to fall short. The victim of this latest failure is likely to be boss Unai Emery, whose future is now unlikely to be the French capital.
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