PSG returned to the Parc des Princes for the 28th matchday of the Ligue 1 and lost 0-2 to the visiting Rennes after having won their prior first games in the French top-flight division. This was, also, the first loss at home by PSG since April 2021.
In the most boring and uninspiring game played by PSG this season, and boasting a depleted squad massively hit by injuries, the Parisian men couldn't do anything to stop Rennes from bagging a couple of goals and going away with a victory on the road.
As has been the case throughout the 2023 calendar year, Christophe Galtier didn't have an answer to Rennes' extraordinary organization and game plan. The coach used the same excuses as always and blamed the loss (the seventh this season) on injuries, something that makes only little sense considering he was the one (along with Luis Campos) building the squad after arriving last summer.
It wasn't a good game for the team managed by Christophe Galtier. In fact, you can even say they didn't even play a game because it was so incredibly awful to watch. Even then, Paris Saint-Germain still sit atop the Ligue 1 standings (66 points) and seven points clear of second-place Olympique Marseille (59) followed by Lens (57) in third place.
Here are three of the most important talking points after the loss of the Parisian in the game between PSG and Rennes as part of the 28th matchday of their Ligue 1 campaign.
1. Can we fast-forward to mid August?
No, no we can't.
PSG will have to endure 10 more games of Ligue 1 play. PSG will need to face 10 more opponents and things aren't getting any easier for Galtier's side as they will face Lyon and Nice right after the international break. Talk about a tough schedule.
Of course, this is the Great Rich Paris. They must be considered favorites, don't they? Well, you can always go and ask the president of Paris Saint-Germain, Nasser Al-Khelaifi about his opinion on that...
2. Enough excuses are enough
Christophe Galtier held a post-game press conference because the league demands him to do so.
He seems not to be worried about his future at the helm of PSG. He seems to be convinced about how injuries are the main cause of Paris' bad run of results in the 2023 calendar year.
It's never cool to celebrate the firing of a person because it happens to the best of us. But it's starting to look like Galtier is running out of time in Paris and the worst possible thing is that there is no way out at this point.
Winning the Ligue 1 was a given from the get-go so it's not that it will help him make NAK reconsider keeping him as the manager of PSG going forward, even less with the likes of Thomas Tuchel and Zinedine Zidane available and waiting for a chance at coaching in the capital of France.
The losses to OM and Bayern were too much for the club to endure, and the putrid post-World-Cup run in all competitions is one of the worst in the history of PSG. Can't happen again next season, so better cut ties before it's too late.
3. Mid-August can't come soon enough, but this club shouldn't even wait one more day to stop and reassess everything
What was that, Kylian Mbappe? As I wrote in the individual grades piece, it's surprising and incredible and hard to believe, let alone watch, but Lionel Messi gave more of a damn about winning yesterday's game than Mbappe by a good sizable mile.
Of course, any type of rebuilding effort launched by Luis Campos/PSG should definitely feature Mbappe. He's the face of the club. Hell, he's the face of France. Other than that, though, it's should be open-market SZN in Paris.
Even if Carlos Soler, Fabian Ruiz, Sergio Ramos, Lionel Messi, et al. arrived in the French capital just a few months ago, all should be let go next summer.
There is no point in keeping them around if they're going to play subpar football while getting salaries that multiply those of more capable, more willing, more promising players that were once donning PSG threads in the Academy or that just compete and come from young systems spread all across Europe.