PSG are champions again. Now they need to give youth a chance


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Kylian Mbappé has been PSG’s star this season but the club should start promoting more homegrown youngsters

By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News

The inevitable came to pass on Sunday as PSG retained the Ligue 1 title. They beat Monaco – the last club other than PSG to be champions – on Sunday evening at the Parc des Princes thanks to a brilliant hat-trick from Kylian Mbappé, but their crown was secured a few hours earlier thanks to the Toulouse defence, who put on a wonderfully rugged display to hold second-placed Lille to a scoreless draw. PSG have the chance to complete a domestic double when they face Rennes in the Coupe de France final on Saturday. With Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Ángel Di Maria all approaching full fitness, the Breton side are unlikely to spring a surprise.

Neymar and Cavani returned from injury Monaco, but Mbappé was the star on the night – as he has been this season. His three goals moved him on to 30 in the league in just 27 matches; no Frenchman has scored as many in a single campaign since Jean-Pierre Papin hit 30 for Marseille 29 years ago. Of course, Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have exceeded that total, but Mbappé has been saddled with more pressure and has been without his regular attacking teammates for much of the season. Neymar has made just 14 appearances in the league and Cavani, who was first hurt at the World Cup, has not been at his physical best for the majority of the season.

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