PARIS (Reuters) - Paris St Germain may have clinched their long-expected sixth Ligue 1 title in the last seven seasons but that triumph cannot mask the French club's shortcomings on the European stage where results have failed to match their huge investment.
Even the prospect of another domestic double -- PSG play Stade Rennes in the French Cup final next Saturday -- cannot soothe the pain felt by fans at seeing their galacticos again fall at the last-16 hurdle in the Champions League.
On the domestic front, their financial power helped them once again crush the opposition as they have so far scored 95 goals and conceded 27, losing three Ligue 1 games this season.
Lagging far behind, second-placed Lille have benefited from Nicolas Pepe's scoring form, the Ivory Coast striker having plundered 19 goals and set up 11 this term.
He is, however, far off the pace set by league top scorer Kylian Mbappe who has found the back of the net 30 times.
Usual contenders Olympique Lyonnais and AS Monaco have also been unable to compete with PSG's financial clout.