Hexagoal Ligue 1 Trophy

Paris left to chase records with title won

Publish on 20/04/2018 at 00:00 - S. WILLIS


Having secured the Ligue 1 Conforama title in style last weekend, Paris Saint-Germain are now looking to break records as they head to Girondins de Bordeaux on Sunday evening.

Girondins de Bordeaux  -  Paris Saint-Germain

Unai Emery's side reclaimed the crown in stunning fashion, demolishing the outgoing champions AS Monaco 7-1 at the Parc des Princes to secure their fifth title in six seasons with five games of the campaign still to play. It has been an excellent few days for the capital club, as they followed that success with a hard-earned 3-1 win at SM Caen in the semi-finals of the Coupe de France on Wednesday.

A Kylian Mbappé brace and a Christopher Nkunku strike at the Stade Michel-d'Ornano took Paris through to the May 8 final against third-tier minnows Les Herbiers. That game at the Stade de France, when PSG will have the chance to complete a clean sweep of the domestic honours, is the most important date left in their diary, but there are still certain objectives to aim for in the remaining league fixtures.

Paris currently have 87 points, meaning becoming the first team ever to make it to 100 points in a season is within their reach, and they will certainly fancy their chances of beating their record points tally in a single season of 96, set by Laurent Blanc's team two years ago. They can set a new record goal difference too, and the other record that lies tantalisingly within reach is that of the most goals in a campaign - PSG have 103 just now, with the record still held by RC Paris and their 118 goals in 1959-60.

"The number of goals, or goal difference, I don't think that is the objective. The most important thing is to win the matches we have remaining," Belgian right-back Thomas Meunier told sports daily L'Équipe after the victory in Caen.

However, his team-mate Adrien Rabiot sees things differently, saying: "The records? We have the chance to beat them and that is what is motivating us!"

Braithwaite: 'We can hurt them'

Paris are returning to the Matmut Atlantique, scene of their 3-0 win over Monaco in the Coupe de la Ligue final at the end of last month. Facing Bordeaux will also bring back memories of their stunning 6-2 triumph when the sides last met at the Parc des Princes at the end of September.

Much has changed at Bordeaux since then, with Gustavo Poyet having replaced Jocelyn Gourvennec as coach. The Uruguayan has had a mixed start to his spell in charge in the south-west, but Les Girondins are fresh from winning their last two matches.

They followed a 2-1 win at home to LOSC by beating Montpellier Hérault SC 3-1 away last weekend with Martin Braithwaite, François Kamano and Soualiho Meité getting their goals at the Stade de la Mosson. That result allowed Bordeaux to remain in with an outside chance of securing a Europa League qualifying spot.

"The victory against Lille allowed us to lift our heads. We have all looked at ourselves in the mirror and asked what we can do better. A lot of little things have come together and allowed us to perform better. Even if our play has not been flamboyant, we have been doing enough as a team to win games," said the Dane Braithwaite, whose goal last weekend was his first since joining on loan from Middlesbrough in January.

"They are a very good team, but we can hurt them. If I were not convinced that we could win the game, I wouldn't bother going out onto the pitch. I am a competitor. I play to win," he added of taking on the champions.

Probable teams

Bordeaux: Costil (c); Sabaly, Koundé, Pablo, Poundjé; Lerager, Meité; Malcom, Plasil, Kamano; Braithwaite

Paris SG: Aréola; Alves, Marquinhos (c), Kimpembe, Kurzawa; Lo Celso, Motta, Draxler; Pastore, Cavani, Mbappé