PSG’s start to the new season has been tragic. The Parisian club missed most of their key players due to COVID-19, which led to their opening day loss to Lens. However, things got worse for PSG after they suffered a bitter loss to Marseille in Le Classique. As a result, the Parisians have taken no points from their opening two games, which has put them in the bottom three of the Ligue 1 table.
The game against Marseille
PSG has dominated le Classique for the last decade. However, the intensity and bragging rights for the game aptly called the “French Classico” remain high. Marseille came into the game with the intent to hurt a relatively frail PSG team.
Despite having Neymar back in the squad, PSG missed Mbappe, Keylor Navas and Icardi as they suffered a 1-0 defeat. The absence of Thiago Silva, who joined Chelsea, made the Parisians look fragile at the back.
Le Classique ended in pure chaos with five players including Neymar sent off. PSG’s frustration became evident when the game ended up in a bear-fisted brawl. However, despite the sour emotions at the end, Marseille fought hard for a well-deserved victory over their arch-rivals.
The ugly side of the game
We all love a high-intensity, passionate derby, but this sometimes brings out the dark side of the game. Unfortunately enough, Le Classique made the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Neymar Jr. accused Marseille player Alvaro Gonzalez of making racist comments during the game. This incident took away the glory from Marseille’s first victory over PSG in nine years. Despite how you look at it, such events should not exist in sport. The ugly side of the game spoilt a brilliant game of football.
There is no room for racism in football regardless of the events of last night. We love football for the unity it brings not the divide.