Culture of the moment or simple sporting logic? To believe a poll conducted by Odoxa for Winamax and RTL, the victory of Paris Saint-Germain on the lawn of FC Barcelona (4-1) has transformed the way the French look at PSG and its European aspirations.
Injuries to Neymar and Di Maria, the first change of coach during the season for ten years, memory of the comeback … Pessimism seemed to have won over football fans before Barça-PSG, since 69% of them did not expect not to see the Parisians winning in this way in Catalonia.
Paris becomes a serious candidate again
Before this round of 16 first leg, 30% of French people and 43% of football fans considered PSG capable of winning the C1 this season. A week later, 46% of French people and 57% of football fans would see Paris lift the trophy, an increase of 16 and 14 points! One meeting changed everything.
The crainte of the comeback
Football fans have obviously not forgotten the comeback, in 2017, and the six goals conceded in the return match, after a 4-0 success at the Parc des Princes. The dismal failure against Manchester United in 2019 also marked football lovers, who are 51% to fear a new disillusion. 9% even say they fear it a lot. With its success on Catalan soil, Paris reassured its fans and football fans who will still wait for the return match to turn the page and defeat the old demons.
Mbappé, number 1 priority in Paris
Kylian Mbappé’s hat-trick at Camp Nou may have brought him into a new dimension. In any case, this is what 55% of French people and 68% of football fans estimate.
The figures are almost identical (54% and 66%) on another point: Mbappé would be better when Neymar is not on the ground. Recall that the injured Brazilian star was unable to take part in the demonstration against his former club.
Faced with the wait for the contract extension of Bondy’s child, 71% of French people and 83% of football fans think that PSG must do everything to keep it. 70% of French people and 84% of football fans believe that Mbappé (22) has the potential to become the best player in the world, an increase of 5 points in one month.