PSG title defence threatened by blunders and break-ins

PARIS (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) head to Lyon on Sunday for a pivotal game in the Ligue 1 title race with Mauricio Pochettino’s side having been thrown off course by poor performances and off-field troubles.

PSG were stunned at home by struggling Nantes last weekend, a 2-1 defeat at the Parc des Princes condemning the reigning champions to back-to-back home league losses for the first time since November 2012.

They could have gone top of the table with a win, but instead they remain second with nine games remaining, three points behind leaders Lille and ahead of third-placed Lyon on goal difference.

The Nantes defeat was overshadowed by the news that two PSG players, Angel Di Maria and Marquinhos, were the victims of break-ins during the game itself.

Di Maria was substituted after it emerged his home in the upmarket Paris suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine had been burgled while his family were there. Meanwhile, the family home of Marquinhos was also burgled in another Paris suburb while his father and two sisters were present.

“What happened has affected everybody,” admitted Pochettino.

“Everyone took it as though it had happened to them personally. We don’t know how things might have gone had these incidents not occurred, but Angel is fine and so is ‘Marqui’.”

Di Maria previously admitted that an attempted robbery on his family’s home during his one year at Manchester United, in 2014/15, had left him keen to leave England.