The day after PSG’s defeat against Rennes (1-0), Jérôme Rothen shared his concerns about the rest of the season for the Ile-de-France club. In the show Rothen ignites on RMC, the consultant sounded the alarm.
Two years after the coronation of Lille in Ligue 1, PSG still sees its supremacy challenged on the national scene. Beaten by Rennes (0-1) this Sunday during the 19th day of the season, the Ile-de-France club sees Lens and Olympique de Marseille hot on its heels in the league. Still at the top of the standings, the team coached by Christophe Galtier will have to remain serious as the Champions League will soon return with the double confrontation against Bayern.
“Champion with more than 90 points? I think that if the PSG makes the same second part of the season, they will be champions, estimated Jérôme Rothen this Monday in the show Rothen ignites on RMC. But it’s more in the content and what emerges in the teams that follow…”
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Rothen seduced by Lens and OM
Without forgetting OM, which is only two points behind Lens, and therefore five behind PSG, Jérôme Rothen praised the fabulous start to the championship for the Northerners. First to bring down Paris this season, the proteges of Franck Haise made an impression during this great victory in early January (3-1). Beyond efficiency, the blood and gold group exudes a certain collective strength. Ditto for the Phocaeans in recent weeks.
“We feel an alchemy in the group in Lens or in the group in Marseille, explained the member of the Dream Team RMC Sport. I have often highlighted the fact that Tudor had difficulty in making interesting things prevail and positive in his group in order to push the players to have long-lasting results. For the moment they are totally in the right. I congratulate them on that.”
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Faced with the form of its two main pursuers, PSG seems to be sticking its tongue out at the start of 2023.
“To speak of Paris Saint-Germain, yes the title is in danger. They do not release collective strength, analyzed the former midfielder of the Ile-de-France club and the Blues. And that for X time and not only since the recovery after the World Cup. Before also there was a lot of success on results, on victories, with almost 100% efficiency in both surfaces.
Rothen hopes for the best for Messi and Neymar
To explain this slump in Ligue 1, Jérôme Rothen put forward physical conditions that are still insufficient for some players, especially in the offensive sector where the stars returned late from the World Cup.
“This efficiency is less so because offensively the players are not in their best state. Against Rennes, Kylian Mbappé was returning from vacation so logically he was a substitute, chained the RMC Sport consultant. He had to play twenty minutes and on arrival he played a little more because it was worrying.”
And to clarify on the Neymar-Messi duo: “The level of Messi and Neymar in the Rennes match… It will not necessarily be the same, and I wish them, in three weeks or a month. That’s why ‘it’s necessary to be vigilant.”
Rothen: “Galtier is not completely right”
Beyond the (temporary?) poor form of certain executives, Jérôme Rothen was not completely convinced by certain tactical choices made by Christophe Galtier this season. Between switching to 4-3-3 or returning to three-man defense, Paris is still looking for the right formula.
“It’s more in the collective, since the start of the season, that it’s been difficult to find the right strategy on the side of Paris Saint-Germain. Against Rennes, there is a three-man defense and that still remains for me a little across the throat, regretted the former tricolor international. From a tactical point of view, I think that Christophe Galtier is not completely in the right. Above all, there are players who cannot raise the level when it gets difficult.”
Before concluding on the lack of results against the bulk of Ligue 1: “When I say that the title can escape them, it’s because when you see them playing against Lens despite the reduced squad, they were really They were jostled. Against Monaco, draw at the Parc des Princes, they were jostled. The victory against Marseille, at the Parc des Princes, they were jostled. And behind that there is the defeat in Rennes. teams that follow Paris Saint-Germain, they haven’t won once except against the run of play against Marseille. It’s worrying in terms of content against the big teams.”