PSG loses but wins French title after Monaco draws

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 7, 2014 at 6:32 pm •  Published: May 7, 2014
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PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain won its second straight title with two matches to spare despite playing one of its worst games of the season.

PSG stumbled to a 2-1 home defeat to Renne on Wednesday, relying on rival Monaco's 1-1 draw at home to Guingamp in the earlier match to hand it the title.

Second-place Monaco dropped seven points behind, meaning PSG could afford to lose in the late kickoff.

"Thanks to the players and congratulations to them. I'm especially proud to win this title," PSG coach Laurent Blanc said. "This year, our form has been very good, although the last game doesn't reflect that. It annoys me a bit, but you have to look at the whole season and the title is deserved."

PSG took an early lead through Argentina winger Ezequiel Lavezzi, but relegation battler Rennes assured it will stay in the first division as it hit back with goals from midfielder Foued Kadir and forward Paul-Georges Ntep.

"The stadium was full and we couldn't win, unfortunately. But we won the title and that's the main thing," PSG midfielder Yohan Cabaye said.

Blanc also guided Bordeaux to the championship in the 2008-09 season, ending Lyon's run of seven straight titles.

Monaco looked to have delayed PSG's title celebrations for a little longer when forward Dimitar Berbatov headed home in the 77th minute, but Guingamp substitute Fatih Atik equalized in the 85th.

"PSG is a great team and they deserved it," Monaco coach Claudio Ranieri said.

PSG, which was formed in 1970, has won four league titles. The club has invested massively in star players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva, Javier Pastore and Edinson Cavani, since Qatari investors, QSI, bought the club three years ago.

Although PSG has had a comfortable run to the title, there have been some far from convincing performances. In recent weeks, PSG labored to a 1-0 win against Evian, drew 1-1 at Sochaux and lost to Rennes — all teams battling against relegation.

"We've had 10 good months, but the last month has not been good," captain Thiago Silva said.

Against the other top four teams, PSG has won only one of five league games — at home to Saint-Etienne, drawing twice with Monaco, at home to Lille and getting a somewhat fortuitous goal from midfielder Blaise Matuidi to sneak a 2-2 draw at Saint-Etienne.

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