Nothing annoys fans like their team playing well.
Hmm, perhaps I should rephrase that. Nothing annoys fans like their team playing well on the big European stage.
No, that’s not quite right either. Let’s try one more shot at this: nothing annoys fans like their team playing well on the big European stage, then blanding out the place at home to a mid-table non-entity the following weekend.
Ah, le mot juste.
This is a common phenomenon in football, as players psyche themselves up to perform against the bigger names in the glamour ties, raising their game to meet their opponents or – perhaps more accurately – allowing their game to dip dramatically when engaging with the run of the mill.
There were a couple of particularly bad cases on display in France this week. PSG have had a slow start to the Ligue 1 season, as their rag-tag group of fat-walleted talent struggle to settle into their positions in geo-synchronous orbit around Zlatan Ibrahimović’s ego.
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