PARIS (AP) – Monaco's 4-0 defeat at Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday showed alarming signs of an unbalanced league where the losing team seemed to be completely helpless and very impressed with PSG.
This is a bad advertisement for the French league and does not change the perception that PSG will win the title easily, and perhaps without losing the game, such as the club's domestic dominance.
Even worse, in terms of the drawings for Ligue 1, Monaco players are laughing with Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe as they walk on half-time. His team left 2-0 at that time.
Then, PSG star Neymar and Mbappe shared a joke and smiled broadly as they returned to the second round.
After the final whistle, Monaco coach Thierry Henry was seen on television exchanging pleasantries with the president of PSG in the stadium corridor, his losing players waiting in the dressing room.
Henry Monaco's ranks have never won 16 matches in total – six of them since he took over – and languished in 19th place on points with Guingamp placed in the last place. Conversely, PSG have won 13 of 13 league matches and scored 45 goals only for seven conceded.
"It's easy to say it's easy," said PSG striker Edinson Cavani after scoring a hat trick. "But Monaco isn't in a good period."
Cavani, known for his work ethic and unselfish, is clearly diplomatic. This victory was easy, especially since PSG had two other goals ruled out, and striking evidence was that the other league teams had resigned to defeat against PSG.
But this ultimately worked against PSG in Europe, where the club continued to struggle in the Champions League and faced elimination from the group stage after failing to beat Napoli – twice – or second place last season at Liverpool. With two matches remaining, PSG have five points from four matches and third in the group.
It was strange then, that Neymar had to dance so happily in front of PSG fans after scoring Sunday's fourth goal from the penalty spot against the ranks of Monaco players who were full of injuries and featuring five players aged 19 or under.
It seems rather impudent too, that coach Thomas Tuchel must smile and whisper to an assistant coach who grins when they walk outside the field at the final whistle with their hands cupping their mouths to prevent reading lips.
Tuchel must be careful not to lose track of what he has done at PSG, which brings greater intensity to his team. Sometimes, this is not present against Monaco when most goals come through bad defenses rather than the PSG team's extraordinary work.
"We showed our hunger for the 13th victory," said Tuchel. "But I am not satisfied with the intensity, team structure, quality of our game."
Despite saying this, Tuchel did not intervene to stop Neymar and Mbappe from appearing too relaxed because they often tried to choose each other by passing at the expense of their teammates.
"We didn't play very well," PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe said on Canal Plus television. Maybe the Kimpembe teammates must take it.
After the international break, PSG faced 15th-ranked team Toulouse, the team with the worst record of attacking and defending in the league. Four days later, it was a much higher order because PSG faced Liverpool in a match that could decide the fate of the PSG Champions League.