PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN 4-0 Evian
1970 PSG Man Of The Match: Javier Pastore
Carlo Ancelotti has seemingly struck a perfect solution for Paris Saint-Germain as he seeks the pot at the end of the rainbow next spring. Last night’s 4-0 win over Evian propels us up to second, at least momentarily and just two points behind Lyon.
It culminated again thanks to the traditional 4-4-2 system the Italian utilised and it worked a treat as it did against FC Porto last Tuesday. Goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Kevin Gameiro and from Thiago Motta who made his long awaited return to the team.
Ancelotti only made two changes from the 2-1 win in the week. Christophe Jallet came in for Gregory Van der Wiel and with Blaise Matuidi suspended, Motta came in for him to partner Clement Chantome in central midfield. Javier Pastore kept his place in the side and produced another sterling performance and the signs of his confidence needing a much needed boost are evidently showing. The Argentine played down the left-hand side and continued what he did against the Portuguese, cutting inside, linking up with his peers and showing a desire to track back. It is a working progress, but no doubt about it, he looks a completely different player to the one a couple of months ago.
PSG were dominant right from the get go and accumulated 73% possession in the opening 15 minutes and took full advantage of it in the 27th minute when Ibra put us into the lead. The build-up was ‘magnifique’, Pastore on the right this time conjured up a diligent back heel into the path of Jallet who then steered the ball into the box for the Swede to glance home with his left foot.
Minutes later the lead was doubled with an equally impressive goal from Lavezzi who is getting better and better. Jeremy Menez played a long ball for Ibra who chested it into the path of the number 11 who dropped his shoulder, fooling Cedric Mongongu, before smashing the ball in off the foot of the post. It turned out to be the club’s 3000th goal, cementing ‘El Pocho’ in the Parisien history book.
Pastore was exceptional, and was at the heart of everything. He teed up Zlatan with a lovely early ball but the Swede scooped his effort onto the crossbar.
El Flaco would assist Motta six minutes from time, bursting down the right and playing the ball across goal for the midfielder to lace home and make it 3-0.
Gameiro put the icing on the cake soon after to make it 4-0 with his first touch as Zlatan let the ball roll in front of him for Menez to get to the by-line and square it for his fellow compatriot for the easiest of finishes.
Ancelotti was delighted and his post-match comments were a stark contrast to that of two weeks ago after the defeat to Rennes. He said; “It’s another great win after the one over Porto. The players had a good attitude and the team did a very good job. We’re happy because after a thick spate of matches, we’re seeing a side who are solid and who play good football. They key to the game wa to show the same side of ourselves that we showed in the Champions League. We started well, with a lot of intensity, and afer the first goal it was a lot easier.”