For the second year in a row, Paris Saint-Germain are the champions of France, clinching on Wednesday after Monaco drew with Guingamp.
Infostrada Sports shared the news:
Paris Saint-Germain win their FOURTH French league title, retaining it for the first time in club history (1986, 1994, 2013, 2014). #psg— Infostrada Sports (@InfostradaLive) May 7, 2014
Laurent Blanc becomes 4th coach to win the French league with two different teams, joining Albert Batteux, Lucien Leduc and Gérard Houllier.— Infostrada Sports (@InfostradaLive) May 7, 2014
PSG supporters were likely expecting to have to wait until the match with Rennes on Wednesday evening to celebrate the title, but Guingamp did them the early favor. They were out in full force, via Jonathan Johnson of ESPN FC:
To wrap things up with three games remaining is an impressive feat for the Parisians, who were kept honest this season by a Monaco side that similarly came into money and quickly spent it to improve.
Not only do PSG lead the league in goals scored (77), but they also have given up the fewest (20). It was another dominant campaign from the Parisians, which included a Coupe de la Ligue title, though they were unable to advance past the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was once again the talisman, with 25 goals and 11 assists heading into Wednesday's contest, while new man Edinson Cavani paired with him in the attack and notched 16 goals. Lucas Moura played the role of the super sub, scoring three times and adding 10 assists.
All three players were signed to the club in the last two years. That provided a touch of irony to this championship, as this week the club was hit by Financial Fair Play sanctions. According to L'Equipe, via Ian Holyman of ESPN FC, the club's punishment will reportedly come in the form of four separate punishments.
- The club cannot increase its current wage bill (240 million euros) and must sell players before they can buy.
- They will be limited in the transfer market to a one-off purchase of one player at 60 million euros. That bill cannot be split up between multiple players, however.
- They will not be permitted a 25-man squad in the Champions League, but rather will be limited to a 21-man team, eight of which must be homegrown talents.
- They'll owe a 60 million euro fine to be paid over the next three years and must reduce their losses by 30 million euros by the conclusion of the 2014-15 season.
Per Holyman and Ben Gladwell of ESPN FC, however, manager Laurent Blanc doesn't seem concerned with his team's new potential restrictions:
The sanctions have not been confirmed. But regardless of that, Paris will have a great team next year. They'll have to be taken into account, precisely target things, be smart.
When I see that we will have the opportunity to recruit with certain means, we'll be able to find good players. And don't forget that we already have very, very good players. I think we can manage to improve this team.
PSG truly do have a stacked team, but those restrictions are going to hurt, especially in the Champions League. Managers like to use the transfer market to ensure their teams don't get stale and to shake things up a bit to avoid complacency.
PSG won't have that luxury, it would appear. Still, given the talent already accumulated, the Parisian giants will once again be a force to be reckoned with next season.