Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) can finally clinch this year’s Ligue 1 title, their second in a row, with a victory over struggling Stade Rennes in Paris on Wednesday night.
The club could still be declared champions even if they fail to beat Rennes providing second-placed Monaco cannot overcome EA Guingamp earlier in the evening.
PSG are currently eight points ahead of Monaco with just three matches left to the end of the season.
Despite being on course to break the Ligue 1 points record, PSG have been made to wait to begin their title celebrations thanks to Monaco’s good form, as well as recent dropped points at Lyon and Sochaux.
But the Paris club will have the ideal chance to seal the championship in front of a home crowd at the Parc Des Princes against a team that currently sits just two points off the relegation zone and is dealing with the disappointment of losing Saturday’s French Cup final against Guingamp.
"Everything is there for us to do what we have to do,” PSG coach Laurent Blanc told a news conference on Tuesday.
"It would be good because there aren't many matches left and it's at home, in front of our fans."
Their chances will be boosted by the return of star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic after more than a month out with injury.
"Zlatan is in good form, physically and mentally. We'll see him tomorrow against Rennes although we do not know whether he will start," said Blanc at a press conference Tuesday.
The Swedish forward, who has scored 25 goals from 30 league appearances, has been out of action since he picked up a thigh injury in PSG's 3-1 home win against Chelsea in their Champions League quarter-final first leg on April 2.
PSG would ultimately go on to lose the tie and be dumped out of the Champions League after a 2-0 defeat in London, but Blanc feels that adding the Ligue 1 title to the League Cup the side won in April would make for a successful season.
"We've had a very, very good season but the (Champions League) elimination really affected the players and staff psychologically," he said.
"For me, there is no doubt, we've had a really, really good season. Maybe some people don't share my opinion but you have to win the points and no one's given them to us this season."
(FRANCE 24 with AFP and REUTERS)
Date created : 2014-05-07