Paris Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva has admitted that finishing third in Ligue 1 would be a “catastrophic” for the defending champions.
Although the Brazil international laid on a goal for Marquinhos on Sunday against Nice, they went down to a 3-1 loss at the Allianz Riviera, which seems to indicate the defence of their title is over, with the former AC Milan man now focusing on holding onto second.
“We now have to look ahead and win out last three matches because finishing third, it would be catastrophic for us,” he said.
“Mathematically, it’s not over but it’s almost impossible. We must win our last three matches and especially the final of the Coupe de France. We want to finish as well as possible and after go on our holidays because it’s been a little difficult for us.”
PSG finished the weekend’s game with just nine men as Thiago Motta and Angel Di Maria were both dismissed late on.
“The red cards were a consequence of the match. It’s difficult to speak about the refereeing, but it’s true it was a little complicated. We’re not going to excuse our defeat on the referee, although the red cards were a little much,” he continued.
“Nice posed us many difficulties, especially in the first half. They played very well. We controlled the second half.
“I think we deserved a better result, but football’s like that.”
PSG play host to bottom side Bastia next week, holding just a three-point advantage over the Cote d’Azur side.