By Giovanni Wanneh
Football Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon
President and chief executive officer of Paris Saint Germain, Nasser Al Khelaifi has voiced that his team is ready to play out of French soil if the current Champions League season continues.
The Qatari business man who was named ‘most powerful man in French Football’ in 2016, by L’Equipe, made such utterances due to the fact that; the French government has decided to stop all sporting competitions in their territory and no sporting events will take place on French soil before September.
‘If it is not possible to play in France, we will play our matches abroad and ensure the best security plus sanitary conditions for our players and staff,’ Al Khelaifi told reporters after the inevitable decision taken by the French government on Tuesday, April 28, to stop all sporting events.
It is quite easy to understand the frustration of French heavyweight’s PSG. The capital club has 8 League 1 trophies in her increasingly burgeoning medal cupboard, but cobwebs have certainly started growing in their European locker with just two mickey mouse trophies; UEFA Cup winners’ Cup (1995/1996,) UEFA Interto Cup (2001).
All the efforts of president Nasser Al Khelaifi, Neymar and teammates might come to nothing, if finally the European doors are slammed.
The men of Thomas Tuchel booked what was only their 6th appearance in the Champions League quarter finals after defeating Dortmund in the reversed fixture of their two legged tie. The intriguing encounter ended 3-2 on aggregate. PSG’s wonderful tail is now told like a legend that occurred decades back, due to the rapid evolution of the coronavirus pandemic.
President Al Khelaifi has made it no secret that he needs the ultimate Champions League trophy to completely put PSG amongst the elites.
Since the Qatari took over some 8 years back, PSG has utterly dominated the local scene, winning the League 1 championship as a hobby with 6 trophies in 8 years, and counting.
However, it’s not clear whether Ligue 1 will be declared null and void like the Dutch top flight with Ligue 1 chiefs to decide on the fate of clubs across the top tiers in a meeting next month.
Paris Saint-Germain currently hold a 12-point lead at the top, while Nimes, Amiens and Toulouse occupy the relegation spots.
UEFA has urged countries to finish their leagues by July 31. This goes with the idea that if it is possible to finish the championships by the end of July, the Euro Cup matches will take place in August. The Champions League and the Europa League are currently stopped at the stage of the 1/8 finals and will have to be slotted in hastily.
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