Man Utd Shows PSG Are Still Elite Wannabes; De-Brackets Them in Paris
It's not for lack of trying, but the trend of lotsa-dosh ownership has never really gained a foothold in French football, with one exception.
And if Paris Saint-Germain has proven one thing, it's that one lotsa-dosh club in a domestic league isn't doing anyone any good, including that club.
That same question's been asked in the Bundesliga for a while, now.
Because with rare exception, there's a Champions League ceiling that the likes of FC Bayern and PSG can't break through.
At least the German juggernaut has a fight on its hands this season with Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig, and even feisty Borussia Mönchengladbach posting a valiant challenge to their reign.
PSG, not so much.
It shows every now and then in French matches, but it's really glaring when Les Parisiens set foot outside the country.
Such was the case of their softness and lack of gellin' when Manchester United came to the Parc des Princes for their Champions League second leg clash in the Round of 16.
Paradoxically, PSG left the Red Devils in a world of hurt after beating them 0-2 in the Theatre of Dreams. However, when the rubber meets the road in terms of bearing down in crucial times, United's been here and done that.
And so it was that the Devils fought and believed until the end to claim a 1-3 victory and reach the European competition's quarter-finals on the away-goals rule.
The match had barely started and United were already ahead, as in the 2nd minute. Romelu Lukaku intercepted Thilo Kehrer's backpass towards Thiago Silva, drove forward, rounded Gianluigi Buffon, and did the deed:
The early goal conceded was a blow to the hosts, but they quickly found a response.
The Parisians kept pushing for a second, but David de Gea made a series of solid saves. The same can't be said for the experienced Buffon, as in the 30th minute, dude dropped an easy Marcus Rashford attempt from distance that fell straight into Lukaku's path.
The Belgian international gladly accepted his good fortune:
PSG thought they'd scored their second in the 56th, but Angel di Maria was caught in offside position after VAR detected his sin.
Frankly, to describe the situation in lesser terms would be a sin, too.
The VAR was not the home boys' friend, which was confirmed yet again in the 90th minute.
This would not end well for PSG.
Rashford was the one who stepped up to the spot and hammered home United's clincher, which booked their place amongst the bracket's last eight:
Encore pire translates to even worse, which may be due to this being the first time in Champions League history that a club erased its 2-0 home first-leg deficit to come back and advance, and PSG allowed it to happen.
At least, this time, merde wasn't one of the terms used, but that was about the only one.
It's small solace to football fans that money can't alway solve everything, and being a big fish in a domestic pond is self-delusional.
PSG is soft. Until that's sorted by something other than riches, nothing's gonna change for them.