The Title Winning Match
With the boys stepping foot on to the pitch in Nantes we knew what was at stake! One more win and we would lift the title for a 4th year in a row. Nantes were languishing in 15th and we were confident of an easy win here. It seemed like the players were nervous and didn’t start well. Nantes were all over us and created 4 chances in the 1st 20 minutes but couldn’t finish and I started to shout at the boys. We needed to pass the ball and slowly build up and it worked. First Watt then Gonalons and Benzia all had shots on target and Nantes were under pressure all of a sudden.
Then we hit the 33rd minute and Corchia whipped in a cross that fell on the half volley to Benzia and he took it with his left foot and smashed it in to the top corner, leaving the Nantes keeper no chance and we were one step closer to the title!
Before the half was over Nantes came back with 3 more chances and we were chancing our arm but went in at half time leading and with one hand on the trophy! The second half started and all of a sudden Nantes midfielder Toure had 3 chances in a row and he had missed 2 chances in the first half. If he could finish Nantes would be destroying us and I was getting angrier and angrier but yet we still had the lead. Halfway through the second half Belhanda fashioned an opening but couldn’t direct his shot goalwards and we were still on edge and then we had the ball in the net in the 69th minute but the referee disallowed it for a push in the box and there were 20 minutes left to hold out. The final 20 minutes came and went with Nantes still on the attack but unable to finish their chances and the referee blew.
THAT WAS IT!!!!! The 4th Ligue 1 title was all wrapped up and we were champions yet again. PSG began the season strongly but we have somehow managed to keep winning even when we haven’t played as well as we are capable of. I guess that is what true champions are made of and we are surely one of the greatest teams to go down in French history!