Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu is convinced his team still has a chance of winning the Ligue 1 title this year, despite the fact Montpellier have led the race for most of the season.
PSG took advantage of the leaders’ midweek home draw against Evian, only the third time MHSC have dropped points at their home ground this season, by defeating Saint-Etienne on Wednesday to close the gap at the summit of the league. Only three points separate the clubs as they warm up for their third to last game of the campaign.
The Parisian side won their 20th victory of the season in a convincing 2-0 home win against Les Verts, but the Italy international is warning his team-mates against any form of complacency at such a crucial part of the season.
Sirigu told France Football: “Sometimes luck can play a part, but you have to provoke it. We must go out and win every game left, and then we'll see ... We have to put some conviction in it, win at Valenciennes and then the two remaining games. It will be hard, but every game is.”
PSG will play at Valenciennes, the club from which former coach Antoine Kombouare was transferred back in 2009 and whose captain until last season was current PSG stalwart Milan Bisevac.
Top-ranked Montpellier will play at Rennes twenty-four hours later on Monday. “It is a strange situation indeed,” Sirigu mused. “It's natural to look at our opponents' results. Playing after your rival puts some additional pressure as you are conditioned by the other team's result. At least we will be able to focus on ourselves.”
A few days later, on May 14, Sirigu will attend the UNFP Ligue 1 Goalkeeper of the Season ceremony, where he is nominated alongside France internationals Hugo Lloris and Steve Mandanda, and Rennes' Benoit Costil; a reward for all his hard work in his first season in France.
“I didn't even know I was nominated!” he exclaimed to RMC. “For me, the most important thing is team work. If you do everything well but your team loses, such distinctions are meaningless. If I win it, it will be nice; if I don't it will mean another goalkeeper was better than me this season.”
Sirigu has won widespread acclaim for his performances this season and has quickly become a favourite of the Parc des Princes crown.