Ligue 1: How PSG's Draw With Montpellier Exposes the Flaw in the Parisian Plan
Paris Saint-Germain drew even with Montpellier on a late Guillaume Hoarau score in an entertaining 2-2 match at the Parc des Princes last night.
There was something for everybody in what was perhaps the most important match of the 2011/12 Championnat to date: four goals, hard fouls, blatant simulation and Ligue 1's first-place club pitted against a stubborn and surprising dauphin, inferior on paper but stuck to PSG in the standings like a fondant chocolat...however, most revealing to this observer was the way PSG handled itself at the end of the match.
Never mind that they were mildly outplayed at home by a superbly organized Montpellier side; the true problem with the "new" PSG was revealed in their contentment with Hoarau's 88th-minute equalizer.
The celebration was long, as if the match were won: not one Parisian displayed any urgency to restart play and attempt to score the winning goal. Worse, the remaining six-plus minutes of play saw PSG stalling! Among other highlights, Nene pretended to be hurt by a ball thrown gently in his direction for a throw-in, and Milan Bisevac somehow needed a stretcher for an upper-arm injury.
Are PSG's new owners paying Carlo Ancelotti a gazillion euros each month to have his over-payed team be pleased with a draw? At home? With a chance to pull four points clear? The whole theory behind the Qatar Investment Authority's heavy-handed management of the club since purchasing it last spring has been to win now and win often, regardless of cost. A popular and competent but not-famous-enough coach was sacked in favor of Ancelotti while the team was in first place; despite David Beckam's refusal of a monthly salary in excess of €800,000, the team's payroll is now among the highest in Europe and comically out of proportion with the rest of Ligue 1. They have to win, and they have to do it now.Continued on the next page