Paris Saint-Germain have successfully defended their Ligue 1 title and—in doing so—have won the club’s maiden league and domestic cup double as well as the first back-to-back titles in their 44-year history.
However, PSG did not even have to take to the Parc des Princes pitch in order to be crowned French champions. En Avant Guingamp’s 1-1 draw against AS Monaco at the Stade Louis II was enough to mean that the Parisians now cannot be caught with two matches remaining.
Ezequiel Lavezzi opened the scoring for the hosts in the third minute to get the party started early, but Foued Kadir and Paul-Georges Ntep cancelled out the Argentine’s strike before half-time in the surprise 2-1 triumph.
From then on, it never really looked like PSG were capable of dragging themselves back into the game and the side from the capital are now in danger of ambling over the finish line after throwing away what was a 13-point lead at one point this season.
Coach Laurent Blanc was disappointed that his players did not manage to celebrate the title triumph with a victory, but was delighted that the wait to seal the success is now over.
"This title is secured, that is the main thing. We found out just before we took to the pitch that we were champions. I'm not sure that is the best preparation for a match," he told PSG.fr (in French) after the final whistle. "There is happiness tonight, even if we would have preferred to celebrate the title with a win."
"It is a collective reward for 10 months of hard work. Now, to beat the points record (83 points) we need to achieve this in the last two games. We will try to do it, because this team deserves to break records."
Here are six things we learned from PSG’s surprise 2-1 home defeat to Rennes.