Toulouse FC 0-4 PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN
1970 PSG Man Of The Match: Lucas Moura
Carlo Ancelotti has described it as his team’s best performance of the year so far and it would be hard to disagree with him. Paris Saint-Germain coasted to a 4-0 win without really exerting themselves against 10-man Toulouse.
Javier Pastore and Zlatan Ibrahimovic put Les Parisiens into a 2-0 lead in the first-half before Mamadou Sakho and Gregory Van der Wiel finished the rout after the interval.
With Alex and Thiago Silva out, Sylvain Armand with Mamamou Sakho in tow continued in the centre of defence for third consecutive game. Pastore returned to the team in place of Jeremy Menez as Marco Verratti complimented Blaise Matuidi in centre midfield, completing 90 minutes in the process.
It took just for minutes for us to open the scoring, slicing through the Toulouse defence like knife through butter. Zlatan ushered his way forward before laying the ball out to the right for Ezequiel Lavezzi whose cross was met on the half volley by Pastore in the box to give the men in red the lead.
Lucas Moura was having a sterling performance throughout. Playing in the middle in between the two wide men, he excelled there again. His link-up play is getting better, although his decision making is a little off at times but it is more than understandable for an inexperienced player at this level. Nevertheless, what a wonderful performance he had. He set up the second with a delicious ball into the box for Zlatan to power a header home nine minutes before half-time.
The home side were reduced to 10-men soon after the second goal when Cheikh M’Bengue picked up his second booking for another late challenge on Lucas.
After the break, PSG were on easy street. Toulouse were just content to play behind the ball as we peppered their penalty area for the majority of the half. We did not have to go up a gear either to net the next two goals.
The third came from a fantastic Sakho header at the back post from another tantalising ball in by Lucas – his first goal of the season. Then Ibra powered past four defenders in the box to square for substitute Gregory Van der Wiel to bag his first Parisien goal.
It really was a well-polished display. A ninth consecutive clean sheet in the league was the cherry on the cake also, extending Salvatore Sirigu’s record. It was nice to see youngster Anotine Conte come on to make his debut with 15 minutes to play alongside Armand in centreal defence.
Ancleotti was delighted with the victory and told reporters after the game; “We played very well, especially at the start of the match. We used our speed up front, especially through Lavezzi and Lucas. After the red card everything became easier, but we still kept our shape and organisation in the second half. We are still playing like we were playing in December. Sometimes it is harder to control the possession of the ball, but this evening our transitions into attack were very quick and that created a lot of opportunities.”
For the time being it puts us three points clear at the top with second-placed Lyon travelling to Ajaccio on Sunday.