30 agents protect the training, Al Khelaifi summoned by the emir

Paris Saint-Germain is a powder keg, the defeat and elimination in the Champions League in the round of 16 fuels the climate of reckoning at the end of the season. From the president, Al-Khelaifi, to Leonardo and Neymar: what can happen and what lies behind the scenes of the club’s management.

The guards who manned the PSG training ground (as reported by RMC Sport)

Eliminated from the Champions League in the round of 16. Out of the French Cup. To the Paris Saint-Germain, which has made gold bridges to Lionel Messi in support of millionaire investments, there is only the championship to win. The tenth championship is a small consolation considering that he already has it in his pocket by virtue of a current advantage of 13 points over the second in the standings (Nice). Only Pochettino’s team can lose him and even when he has conquered him, he will be worth little more than a glittering tinsel. The real goal was to establish itself in Europe, to lift that Cup which was a worry (due to the blows taken in recent years) then became an obsession (for having only caressed it while Bayern were the ones to seize it).

A disaster. The anger of the president, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, is only the prelude to the showdown that will take place at the end of the season. For now it is necessary to close it by limiting the damage, closing ranks, keeping at bay the discontent of the fans that will manifest itself at the Parco dei Principi (on the occasion of the next internal match) but it will be the background from here until May, the last act of Ligue 1. PSG resumed training two days after the knockout of the Bernabeu: they were the worst 48 hours in the club’s history characterized by the controversy over the gross error committed by Donnarumma, by the goalkeeper’s quarrel with Neymar (later denied by the Brazilian), by the furious rage of the top manager unleashed against the Dutch referee, Makkelie, and his assistants.

Everything happened and to stop the chain reaction, avoiding even the involvement of supporters, the company has set up an impressive security service. Private guards manned the sports center with the task of defusing any hint of protest and preventing contact between the most enraged ultras and the players. But this is the least important aspect of the story, like fumaroles on the mouth of the volcano. Under the cap the pressure of the magma will soon explode the cone and be devastating.

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The investigative journalist Romain Molina who, through his Youtube channel, raised the veil on the dark side of power at the top of society, revealed what the situation is within the PSG. A gray area behind which proliferate tensions, conflicting relationships and mistrust, judicial troubles that bring up the most important figures of the PSG, starting with the number one, Nasser Al-Khelaifi up to the players, in particular Neymar.

The PSG coach, Pochettino, alongside the director, Leonardo, and the president, Al-Khelaifi.

The PSG coach, Pochettino, alongside the director, Leonardo, and the president, Al-Khelaifi.

The president (who is also number one of beIN Sports) is heavily suspected and accused of having bought a 5 million dollar villa in Sardinia from a former FIFA director, Jerome Valcke. Why would he do it? According to the material collected by the Swiss Court, at the basis of such a gesture there would have been the desire to exert pressure to acquire the TV rights for the 2026 and 2030 World Cups in the Middle East and North Africa (alleged corruption crime for which it risks over 2 years in prison). It is not the only situation that causes headaches: investigations are also underway on the assignment to the 2019 World Athletics Championships.

Disliked. As leaked, the current sporting director, Leonardo, would be badly tolerated. Al-Khelaifi himself would keep him apart from the direct and exclusive relationship with the Emir of Qatar. The former AC Milan player is accused of having a not happy relationship with the coaches Pochettino, Tuchel and Carlo Ancelotti; suspicious management of contacts with prosecutors judging by some contract renewals on the upside of certain players; a feeling never born either with the youth sector or with the female selection.

As for Neymar, purchase (it cost 222 million euros) and a golden salary are considered a bad deal in light of the performance of the players. Also held back by physical problems and injuries that have weakened his performance, the former of Santos and Barça seems the shadow of the champion who should have dragged the PSG, giving goals and spectacle. Worse still would be the way he lives off the pitch.