Paris Saint-Germain are in the process of setting up a special psychological department that would work closely with the players following the team’s exit at the hands of Real Madrid in the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League round-of-16.
Paris Saint-Germain stood on the cusp of the quarter-finals. A late first-leg strike from Kylian Mbappe and another early one in the second propped them two-nil up on aggregate against European rivals and UEFA Champions League heavyweights Real Madrid. Then, the unthinkable happened; in a stunning collapse, the Parisians conceded thrice between the 61st and the 78th minute – Karim Benzema the scorer of all three – and the European cup dream was over for another season.
Inquiries took place, and changes happened after the club’s exit from the competition – yet again. Manager Mauricio Pochettino and sporting director Leonardo lost their jobs to be replaced by Christophe Galtier and Luis Campos.
But the modifications extend beyond the pitch and the boardroom. As per reports, the Parisians have also brought in a full-time psychologist and are planning to set up a proper department to deal with the fallout of their Champions League exit – last season and beyond. The personnel in question will work on the psychological monitoring and the team spirit of the squad, hoping to prevent such collapses from happening in the future.
Despite spending a small fortune on players and managers over the last decade, Champions League success has remained elusive to Paris Saint-Germain. The club has moved past the round-of-16 stage in just six out of the ten seasons and past the quarterfinals just twice. The Parisians came closest to lifting the trophy in 2019/20 but were beaten in the final 1-0 by Bayern Munich, with former PSG player Kingsley Coman scoring the winning goal.