Paris Saint-Germain have been eliminated in the Champions League Round of 16 for yet another time. The reigning Ligue 1 champions have been dealt a great blow after losing 2-0 away at Bayern Munich on Wednesday night.
It is not the first time PSG fail to fulfil their potential, but it is painful for president Nasser Al Khelaifi, who renewed Kylian Mbappe‘s contract and brought in stars such as Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos in his bid for the Champions League trophy.
Luis Campos was appointed as club advisor and Christophe Galtier succeeded Mauricio Pochettino in the dugout, but changes didn’t help PSG pursue their main objective.
PSG are now expected to build a team consisting of talented youngsters, such as 16-year-old midfielder Warren Zaire-Emery came or 17-year-old centre back Chadaille Bitshiabu, around Mbappe.
It is clear that winning the Champions League does not only depend on how many stars you put together. PSG need a solid project and they also have to comply with the new Financial Fair Play rules by reducing their wage bill.
Waiting to see what happens with Messi and Neymar
Mbappe made clear that his future does not depend on whether PSG will win the Champions League this season. The Frenchman wants a solid project and he is expected to stay put beyond this summer.
The same cannot be said about Messi, who has yet to renew his contract. Meanwhile, Neymar‘s future is up in the air, as PSG are considering putting him up for sale.
Neymar‘s contract runs until 2025, but he has already triggered twice the clause to renew automatically for another year, which means that the deal will expire in 2027.
The Brazil international will undergo surgery on his ankle after suffering an injury setback and will miss the remainder of the season.
PSG failed to land the Inter centre-back in January, but he will join the team in the summer. This means that Ramos‘ departure should not be ruled out, although Galtier and the club are happy with his performances and the experience that he brings to the team.
In his case, the main issue is his lucrative salary, but there have been no negotiations between the two parties yet.
At the club there is logical disappointment. However, they will now try to focus on winning Ligue 1 and turn the page. They believe that it takes time for a club such as PSG, with just 50 years of history and which until a decade ago did not rub shoulders with the biggest teams in Europe, to rise to the top.
For instance, European powerhouses such as Manchester United and Barcelona have been struggling in the Champions League, while Manchester City have yet to win it despite spending big.
Galtier, the first to be singled out
Campos‘ signings have not impressed, although players such as Vitinha or Fabian Ruiz have showed glimpses of wanting to step up.
PSG were eliminated from the Coupe de France by Marseille, whom they beat in Ligue 1. Galtier‘s contract runs until 2024, but the club have made no decision on his future yet.