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Coupe de France: another disaster for PSG, finally a success for Rennes

Black, it's black. Rennes dethroned Paris SG, four-time defending champion, on Saturday in the final of the Coupe de France at the end of the penalty shoot-out (2-2 a.p., 6-5 to t.a.b.) fatal to the catastrophic Parisian season.

With the return as holder of Neymar and Angel Di Maria and a two-goal lead in the 21st minute, the red carpet to a fifth consecutive trophy in the centennial competition was unfolded in front of Parisian feet. But the club stumbled at a crucial moment, again.

Rennes, who was dragging a picture of "loser", took the opportunity to win with panache his third Coupe de France, after those of 1965 and 1971. After the goal shot missed by Christopher Nkunku, the Breton fans have expelled 48 years of disappointments in a loud cry of joy, as the red and blue turn whistled his players.

This time, it's official, the PSG missed his season. Thomas Tuchel finishes his first year on the bench with the poorest balance sheet since 2012/13: two titles, Ligue 1 and Trophée des champions, and the disastrous impression left by these last four months.

The elimination by the last, Guingamp, in the Coupe de la Ligue, the humiliation against Manchester United from the eighth in the Champions League? Each time, Swabia pleaded "the accident". The third road exit makes this defense obsolete.

Against Rennes, his team stopped playing after digging a gap in a promising first half-hour with two beautiful goals, by Dani Alves (13th) and Neymar (21st).

Nkunku trembled

But his demons quickly returned to him: shaky defense with a goal against his camp Presnel Kimpembe (40e) who totally revived the Bretons; lack of realism, with several opportunities missed by Kylian Mbappé (15e, 45e, 72e, 85e, 99e) and Edinson Cavani (99e); lack of impact of the bench, played by Leandro Paredes, still transparent.

And what about the friable mind, those moments of nervousness that culminated in the direct red card reclaimed by Mbappé (118)?e), for a sole at the knee of Damien Da Silva?

"We are fragileadmitted Tuchel. It's not clinical (…) When we started the second half, it was not with the same energy as the first. We are not attentive. "

When Mexer, head on corner (66e), equalized, the black scenario, that of the "Remontada" Breton sauce, was launched at the speed of a TGV to repeat itself, like a tough impression of déjà vu. Paris efforts in overtime were not enough to avoid the penalty shootout, the famous "lottery" that would make the Paris season is about correct, or very insufficient.

After both teams managed a perfect 5/5, Ismaïla Sarr did not tremble on his attempt, and put all the pressure on Nkunku. The Titi sent his far above the bar.

"We will stop talking (Rennes supporters) of the" lose "! This title will change the history of the club, exulted the Breton coach Julien Stéphan.

Burning summer

It is clear that this new setback will be felt as far back as Doha, Qatar, which did not appreciate having its most valuable assets lose so much value in a year after so many failures. The transfer window is already announced, on all floors.

In addition to Tuchel, the sports director Antero Henrique lost his credit, already damaged by his tensions with the German technician and his case management Rabiot.

Questions also linger around the extension of Thiago Silva and Edinson Cavani, two "old" club whose lease expires in a year. The same vagueness surrounds the situation of Gianluigi Buffon (41), in discussions to extend the next season, and Dani Alves (35), at the end of the contract.

Who will be present next season? The question of several tens of millions of euros is asked for President Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, who must act in the context of financial fair play. Superstars Neymar and Kylian Mbappé have already said they will not budge. Paris did not lose everything …

AFP

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