It has been a hectic few days for me. This weekend I will be going on a two week trip to the United States of America covering New York, Los Angeles and finishing off in Las Vegas which coincides with my 24th birthday. With such a trip it takes intense planning. So doing that as well as working in a creative agency from nine till five is a lot of hard work.
Unfortunately that has meant that my time has been restricted with 1970 PSG – hence the lack of a match preview and report for the Nantes game. I did muster the time to watch the game however and I felt we showed plenty of positive traits.
The opening half hour we bossed the game in my opinion. There was a fluidity which carried on from the second-half performance against Ajaccio and we looked a threat. Edinson Cavani’s goal for me was the absolute pick of the highlights. As I said last week for his first goal in a Parisien shirt against Ajaccio, if he could score a beauty like that not fully fit, what will he be like when he is? We are starting to get the answers. Fast forward a week he scores yet another goal – which for me – is even better. Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s majestic through-ball set him on his way as he got in behind the defence, composed himself before finishing with aplomb. It was a beautiful goal which was a culmination of some slick interplay.
But, we showed some flaws again, taking our foot of the gas and allowing Nantes to press. That resulted in their equaliser via Alex’s own goal as he was harassed by Papy Djilobodji on his shoulders. Then if it was not for the heroics of Salvatore Sirigu we could have found ourselves trailing.
But, credit to the team they continued to stick at it and finally got the winner via Ezequiel Lavezzi. Another defence splitting pass from Ibra culminated in the goal after three bites of the cherry from Cavani, Lucas Moura and then El Pocho to gobble up.
It was a vitally important victory, the first of the new campaign. With Marseille setting the pace early with three back to back wins we could not afford to be cut adrift, even at this early stage. It sets us up nicely for the clash with Guingamp on Saturday evening at the Parc.