3 Talking Points from an inevitable PSG Champions League exit after losing 0-2 to Bayern Munich

Eric Choupo-Moting, Bayern Munich, Vitinha, PSG
Eric Choupo-Moting, Bayern Munich, Vitinha, PSG / Jean Catuffe/GettyImages
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Kylian Mbappe
Kylian Mbappe, PSG / Alex Grimm/GettyImages

2. It's time for Lionel Messi to retire, and for PSG to rethink their rebuild.

You wouldn't believe it, but this season alone PSG spent nearly €150m on the likes of Vitinha, Fabian Ruiz, Carlos Soler, and Hugo Ekitike. Luis Campos & Co. thought those players were going to be better than the outgoing Julian Draxler, Mauro Icardi, Leandro Paredes, Angel Di Maria, and even youngster Xavi Simons.

Meanwhile, PSG banked everything on a man who just claimed his first World Cup but who, in hindshight and looking back at what happened yesterday and before, was only interested in training at the Camp des Loges ahead of the WC without much regard of the trophies in play at PSG.

First order of business: ridding of Messi, then Neymar, then (maybe) Kylian Mbappe.

Of course, that sounds like a hot, reactionary take. Is it, though? If Luis Campos is staying put and getting PSG over the old "bling-bling" model of squad-building, then waving goodbye to Messi and Neymar is the proper step to take. And what would be the point of keeping Mbappe in tow only for him to be playing next to the Vitinhas, Ekitikes, and Bitshiabus and growing more and more frustrated by the day while winning domestic titles while more accomplished players at other places keep winning Champions League titles.

The whole thing sucks, because this "new" PSG version doesn't really look bad as a project on paper. The execution, though, has been lacking and poor at the very least. Now, PSG are facing a future in which they will need to rebuild the rebuild, as dumb as that sounds. Sales will need to keep going, needs readressed, current on-squad players analyzed, and returning loanees also dealt with in order to make them fit in Paris or away from the capital.

Seriously, the future can't look darker and fuzzier and blurrier for Paris.